NUR­TUR­ING NA­TURE

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In April, Sin­ga­pore moved closer to found­ing prime min­is­ter Lee Kuan Yew’s vi­sion of a “gar­den city” with the un­veil­ing of Wind­sor Na­ture Park, the is­land repub­lic’s lat­est large-scale green space. Span­ning 75 heav­ily forested hectares, the park is the fourth of five new re­serves con­nected to the mas­sive 2,880-hectare Cen­tral Catch­ment Na­ture Re­serve. At Wind­sor, the easy net­work of trails— some of them raised wooden plat­forms— in­clude the 350-me­ter Han­guana Trail, where you can view cu­rated na­tive flora, and the Drongo Trail, which winds through lush se­condary rain for­est. The Ja­vanese fly­ing squir­rel, cop­per-cheeked frog, and banded leaf mon­key are among the park’s elu­sive res­i­dents. If you’re feel­ing am­bi­tious, from the park’s en­trance it’s a seven-kilo­me­ter hike to MacRitchie Reser­voir Park’s spec­tac­u­lar TreeTop Walk, a 250-me­tre sus­pen­sion bridge link­ing the Cen­tral Catch­ment’s two high­est points ( nparks.gov.sg).

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