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Take a walk on the green side in Jurong's new Eco-Garden

Published on Jun 7, 2014 1:34 PM

SINGAPORE - Since the new Jurong Eco-Garden opened last Sunday, it has drawn a steady stream of visitors, such as parents with their children, senior citizens and bird watchers, eager to explore its freshwater swamp, streams and walking trails.

Ms Trixie Tan, 50, a member of the Nature  Society of Singapore’s conservation committee, was at the garden for the first time on Wednesday, along with fellow bird-watching enthusiasts from the society. “I want to get a feel of the garden,” she says. “This will become a good place for bird-watching as more species appear.”

If Mr Leow Thiam Seng, 47, director of JTC’s Aerospace, Marine & CleanTech cluster, has his way, there will be even more visitors such as Ms Tan as he hopes to see more community involvement within the garden.

“By designing Jurong Eco-Garden to be open and accessible, we want more people to visit and participate in future activities here. It will increase ownership of the garden among the community,” says Mr Leow, who oversees the development of CleanTech Park.

The eco-garden, a project by JTC Corp, is located at CleanTech Park. The eco-business facility next to the Nanyang Technological University is a development of sustainable solutions. Jurong Eco-Garden’s design represents a first for a garden in an industrial park in Singapore.

It sits on what was once a secondary forest, and boasts 5ha of lush greenery and various wildlife, such as butterflies and migratory birds.
The garden is spread out over four main zones: the Summit Forest, the Wildlife Corridor, the Stream Ravine and the Freshwater Swamp Forest.

Life! shows you the points of interest to check out.

Summit Lookout: From 23m above the ground, take in a sprawling view of the 5ha park from its highest point. Visitors can get a good workout by climbing 58 steps to the lookout. The rocks that make up the summit’s lookout tower were excavated from the Jurong Rock Caverns, which are located at a depth of 130m beneath Banyan Basin on Jurong Island, and are 200 million years old. 

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