Sunday Dec 30 Walk by Nature Society

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Nature Society tour to identify plants and look out for birds (Photo: Claire Leow)

 

  • 30 Dec 2012, Sunday
    9am-11.30am
    Cost – Free of charge
    Meeting Point – Big Rain Tree next to the Bukit Brown LTA Office; there is a largish paved area just past the gates where you can park.

    For information on how to get there and handy tips please visit
    http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=1347

    Join Wong Kum Sang for a walk into one of Singapore’s unique heritage sites, threatened by imminent highway development come early 2013. Enjoy a tranquil amble through one of our oldest Chinese cemeteries where some of our famous forefathers are laid to rest – Chong Pang, Boon Lay, Joo Chiat, Kheam Hock. Pause awhile and marvel at the elaborately sculptured gravestone and carved story panels of Ong Sam Leong’s tomb, the largest tomb found there. Amidst the lush vegetation of majestic Rain Trees, strangling figs, scrambling ferns and mistletoes,- we may see Kingfishers, Drongos, Flameback woodpeckers, Sunbirds and Flowerpeckers as well as many butterflies and dragonflies. Bukit Brown Cemetery has been gazetted for housing development by the URA.

    The Bukit Brown area is about 233 hectares in extent, bordered by Lornie Road, Lower Thomson Road and the Pan-Island Expressway.
    It lies just to the south of the Central Catchment Forest, being separated from it by Lornie Road and includes one of Singapore’s oldest Chinese cemetery. With 100,000 graves, Bukit Brown is also one of the largest Chinese cemeteries outside of China.

    The area is generally undulating, consisting of hillocks and small valleys.

    Bukit Brown was given a 2-star site in NSS Master Plan for the Conservation of Nature published in 1990.
    In 1990, the 2-star status given was based on meagre information at that time (late 80s) when the site was relatively unexplored.

    The woodland there has now become more mature and the birdlife has increased to 90 species, amounting to 25% of total bird species in Singapore, of which 13 are listed in the Singapore Red Data Book as nationally threatened.
    A rating of a 4-star Heritage Park is being proposed for this site, which is unique in being rich in both natural and cultural heritage.

    Join us for a walk around this special corner of Singapore and find out for yourself why it is worth conserving this historical and natural treasure trove!

    Please take note:

    1. We will be walking mainly on paved roads. Rain or Shine.

    2. Wear light breathable clothing. Long pants and long sleeves if you are prone to insect bites or use a natural insect repellent.

    3. Wear comfortable non-slip shoes as some areas have lots of leaves, roots and stones, safety is important.

    4. Read up on Bukit Brown before going so you have a better understanding of the place. (websites below)

    5. Bring water, light snacks, rain gear/umbrella, a sunhat and waterproof your electronics and delicates.

    6. Do go to the toilet before…. there are NO permanent facilities anywhere there or nearby.

    Bus services available: 52, 74, 93, 157, 165, 852, 855.

    Directions to the cemetery Gate by MRT and Bus :
    From North – Go to Marymount MRT and walk to bus-stop #53019 along Upper Thomson Road. Take Buses 52, 74, 165, 852, 855
    Alight 6 stops later at bus-stop, #41149, opposite Singapore Island Country Club (SICC), Adam Road. Walk towards Sime Road in the direction of Kheam Hock Road until you see Lorong Halwa.

    From South – Go to Botanic Gardens MRT and walk to bus-stop #41121 at Adam Road, in front of Singapore Bible College. Take Buses 74, 93, 157, 165, 852, 855
    Alight 2 stops later at bus-stop, #41141, before Singapore Island Country Club (SICC), Adam Road. Cross the bridge and walk towards Sime Road in the direction of Kheam Hock Road until you see Lorong Halwa.

    Info on how to get there and handy tips:
    http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=1347

    Heritage Map of Bukit Brown:
    http://bukitbrown.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/API.BBC_.Map_.ver3_4.jpg

    Websites on Bukit Brown
    http://www.nss.org.sg/special_announcement.aspx?id=ohgTSSH5Yo0%3D
    http://sosbukitbrown.wordpress.com/
    http://bukitbrown.org/

Lorong Halwa, Singapore, Singapore

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