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Page created on 19 Nov 2008
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Summary
Singapore has many gardens, parks and nature reserves. Most are easily accessible from the city. Well-known as a Garden City, Singapore is now moving to the next level of becoming a City in a Garden, where the gardens and parks are woven into the lives of its people. Hence, a visit to at least one of these gardens, parks and nature reserves is a must to experience the tropical floral and fauna.
One of only two cities in the world, Singapore has a significant area of primary rainforest within its boundaries. The other is Rio de Janeiro. One of the three areas in Singapore designated as nature reserves, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (encompassing Central Catchment nature reserve) is home to more than 840 flowering plants and over 500 species of animals.
The other reserves include Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, the first and only protected wetland reserve and a stop-over for huge flocks of migratory birds; and Labrador Nature Reserve, where the last of our city coral reef is.
The types of gardens and parks found here include coastal parks, reservoir parks, town or city parks, hill parks and even an island park. Some of the more popular ones include East Coast Park, Singapore Botanic Gardens (with National Orchid Garden), Fort Canning Park, MacRitchie Reservoir Park, the island park of Pulau Ubin, etc.
Many of the gardens, parks and nature reserves have a rich variety of floral and fauna, and an interesting history within them. Most have also been developed to allow various recreational activities ranging from camping and trekking nature trails to cycling, fishing and other outdoor sporting activities, and amenities have been made available.