“Streaming” at Lentor0
Contrary to perceptions that the Brownie volunteers of Bukit Brown spend all their time at the cemetery, the reality is we are often exploring or chasing – either individually and sometimes ( when we can co-ordinate our busy schedules) as a community – other heritage and nature trails (before they are decimated by development)
A sunny Sunday morning saw an opportunity to explore a charming, idyllic stream, embraced in nature’s natural air conditioning right smack in the forested area known as Lentor (Tagore) Forest of Teachers Estate. Our guide was Leong Kwok Peng of Nature Society of Singapore (NSS).
Here are some photos of that morning, where some “frolicked” and others explored or at times did both. We all came out came out refreshed and also sad that we are in imminent danger of this intimate stream being “canalised” in concrete or buried over in development plans.
Join the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS) FB group here and you can find more photos on the stream and its environs.
The NSS wrote a position paper proposing a phased development of the area leaving the streams untouched. Their rationale was quite simple, since not all the land was needed urgently :
“We leave a valuable stretch of forest as a land-bank with its ecological and biodiversity values for future generations to decide as to whether they want to preserve it or to exploit it for other uses. Tastes and needs can vary and differ from generation to generation. What is of no value today may be in great demand for a future generation. People, whether in the immediate or far future, may appreciate natural greenery and its wildlife more as these become rare or scarce —- apart from what is already there in our limited protected nature areas.”
To that we say, hear, hear and Amen. Please help to spread the word to your MPs!
You can read more about the position paper which can be downloaded here