Springleaf Nature Park

Parakeet paradise, skillful kingfishers, winding waterways and towering trees…

These are just a few of the things Springleaf Park has to offer. Tucked in the foresty area Upper Thomson Road, surrounded by the Central Catchment Reserve, this 6-ha park is a haven for nature-lovers and a beautiful park for joggers, walkers and residents nearby.

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When we entered the park, we saw a small cafe called “Verdure“. I thought it was a great idea to have a cafe in the park, so that there is a place to relax or sit when its raining, enjoy a snack, or for students to study with the view of nature.

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Near the cafe, a cute little dog peered out from a car, looking out at the people walking to and fro in the park, probably longing to go out too!

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Springleaf Nature Park was formerly a part of a “kampong” or village by the name Chan Chu Kang village, named after Chan Ah Lak, who acquired the land near Seletar River to cultivate gambier and pepper.

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The area was also formerly a oil palm plantation, and this palm tree is a remnant of that plantation.

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The dense forests near Chan Chu Kang were also favored for the collection of botanical and zoological specimens. Prominent collectors, including Henry Nicholas Ridley (who was the first director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens) made the first collections of native plant species from the area which is now called Springleaf Park. These specimens were stored in the Singapore Botanic Gardens Herbarium, and can still be found there today.

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The skies were a bit cloudy that afternoon when we visited the park on New Year’s eve, and the park was very quiet and tranquil with swifts and swallows flying around. The main trail of the park is along a waterway, and we saw many White-throated kingfishers (Halcyon smyrnensis)ย either perched on trees or waiting near the waterway to catch fish!

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The flowers at the entrance were vibrant and colorful, making the part attractive to not only humans but buzzing butterflies and dragonflies!

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We spotted many dragonfliesย around the park, including the Common Scarlet, Common Parasol male and female. Unfortunately we didn’t see many butterflies around.

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Common Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea)

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Common Parasol male (Neurothemis fluctuans)

While photographing the Common Parasol female, I didn’t even realize that there was this little leaf bug inside the flower! ๐Ÿ™‚

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It was quite interesting to see, along the waterway, cleared heaps of algae and weeds from the bottom of the waterway. There was a strong smell but it was good to see that the canals are being kept clean.

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To see this lovely Long-tailed Shrike was a perfect end to our walk. It surveyed the bushes below it carefully, as if waiting to catch an insect or frog to relish!

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Long-tailed Shrike (Lanis schach)

Our walk was filled with calls of the parakeets in our ears and their swift flight above us, their magnificent tails following. We would eagerly look at the forest on either side of the waterway, longing to explore inside the dense forests and what it has to offer. Despite not seeing that much of wildlife, it is clear that this park is an area of a lot of biodiversity, and the tall trees and thick forest give wildlife the perfect place to hide and be away from human presence. Do visit this beautiful place if you have the time.

P.S -A very happy new year to everyone! Hope you have an amazing, nature-filled year ahead ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a resolution to spend as much time as I can (despite my busy school life) outdoors, in nature, and update my blog more regularly. Let me know in the comments what you resolutions are!


SPRINGLEAF NATURE PARK

Address:ย 1230 Upper Thomson Rd Singapore,ย 787129

Nearest MRT station:ย Marymount station (There will be a closer MRT station as a part of the Thomson East Cost line called Springleaf MRT station, which will be opened in 2020)


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16 thoughts on “Springleaf Nature Park

  1. Is beautiful… Keep posting for 2017! Uncle Sabri

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    1. Thank you Sabri uncle for your support on my blog and pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year to you and your family.

  2. This park looks vibrant and alive! Thanks for sharing your photos.

    A happy New Year to you as well! My resolution for 2017 is to do my master’s research in Guyana. I’ve written about it more on my blog, if you’re interested.

    1. Happy New Year Josh! Thank you so much for supporting me on this blog. Wow, that sounds amazing. I just read your blogpost. I wish you all the best for your Masters.. I am sure you will raise enough money for your research. It sounds so interesting, the topic you are researching on! Looking forward to hearing how the research goes! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. It’s my pleasure to support you! I think you’re doing a good thing by sharing your nature experiences here.

        Thanks for your encouragement! I’ll definitely keep everyone updated on my research! It would really be helpful if you could share my GoFundMe campaign on your blog, once it goes live. I’ll definitely need help to raise all the money I need!

  3. The park looks like a lovely place to visit. Your cloudy skies are almost like Scotland, except you have exotic flowers and dragonflies! Our skies are much like yours just now, but the temperature is only just above freezing. It will be a few weeks before we see the first butterfly of the season.
    I haven’t made any New Year resolutions for 2017. I am just hoping that it will be a lot easier than 2016 was!

    1. Happy new year, Nick! Thank you so much for supporting my blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, wow, that’s so interesting. I feel so lucky that despite the rainy and cloudy skies, the wildlife never goes away here! You must be so excited for the butterfly season! I can’t wait to see pictures of them on your blog.
      I share the same sentiment haha, I hope it will be for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you, Slyvia! Happy New Year to you ๐Ÿ™‚ yes, I think you may be right, it looks more like a Brown shrike than a Long-tailed shrike. Thanks for letting me know!

  4. Reblogged this on musicalsoundscapes and commented:
    A beautiful post on an amazing nature park…..from our fellow blogger and friend writing this blog as LAVANYAPRAKASH….she has a beautiful blog full of natural beauties and she is an avid nature lover….do visit her blog…..:)

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