In April, Singapore moved closer to founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yewâ€™s vision of a â€śgarden cityâ€ť with the unveiling of Windsor Nature Park, the island republicâ€™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 trailsâ€”some of them raised wooden platformsâ€”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 parkâ€™s elusive residents. If youâ€™re feeling ambitious, from the parkâ€™s entrance itâ€™s a seven-kilometer hike to MacRitchie Reservoir Parkâ€™s spectacular TreeTop Walk, a 250-metre suspension bridge linking the Central Catchmentâ€™s two highest points.
This article originally appeared in theÂ June/July 2017Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śNurturing Natureâ€ť).