DISCOVER A LEARNING FOREST
With a legacy that extends beyond 150 years, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is the nation’s first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in close proximity to Orchard, Singapore’s most popular shopping district, the Gardens is home to a new 10ha section called The Learning Forest – a conservation core that allows visitors access to a network of elevated walkways and boardwalks to learn more about wetland and rainforest habitats. The entire space is very walkable and there are hardly any steps to climb as the terrain rises gently across the land, making it suitable for older travellers.
The Learning Forest is divided into five sections: SPH Walk of Giants, Keppel Discovery Wetlands, Lowland Rainforest, Wild Fruit Tree Arboretum, and Bambusetum.
SPH Walk of Giants
• Features an elevated boardwalk that takes visitors from ground level up to a height of 8m.
• Showcases a collection of massive trees – most of which can grow up to 60m in height.
• A highlight here is the Canopy Web, which features cargo nets that form a hammock-like structure connected to tree trunks from a raised platform – a good spot for a short break between walks.
Keppel Discovery Wetlands
• Linked by a series of boardwalks and trails, this section of the Learning Forest lets visitors experience a freshwater swamp habitat.
• Features a plant collection of over 200 species, some of which are named after the Gardens’ iconic botanists such as EJH Corner and Nathaniel Cantley.
• Showcases a collection of trees with unusual barks, such as the Indian prune, which has sturdy woody spines that sprout like thin needles or come with multiple-branches.
Wild Fruit Tree Arboretum
• Features wild fruit trees, including soursop, lychee, and mango.
• Features 30 species of tropical bamboos.
Address: Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Tyersall-Gallop Core