Hoorah for nature lovers as a new ridge walk and arboretum is now open as part of Singapore Botanic Garden’s Gallop Extension! The new trail called the Mingxin Foundation Rambler’s Ridge, is a ridge-top hiking trail that leads you to the highest point in the gardens at approximately 40 meters above sea level. As you stroll along, you can discover plants from habitats found in the tropical hills of Southeast Asia, including carnivorous plants like the Raffles’ Pitcher Plant. Little ones will be thrilled to find the Ant Plants along the ridge. These unique plants have modified roots, hollow leaves, and stems, which develop into a network of tunnels just for ants to live in! Upon completion of the 350-meter hike, head to the OCBC Arboretum, the other new feature of the gardens. Deemed as a “living library of trees”, this arboretum is touted as the first of its kind in Southeast Asia as it houses more than 2,000 specimens of over 200 species of dipterocarps – giant forest trees that can grow up to 80 meters tall!
More features are set to open within the Gallop Extension next year. These include the HPL Canopy Link, which is a 200-meter long barrier-free bridge, Forest Discovery Centre featuring interactive displays that allow you to learn about the ecology of Singapore’s forests and how they can be involved in NParks’ conservation efforts, plus a Botanical Art Gallery where you can browse rare books and art from the Gardens’ collection.
We already love the Botanic Gardens and all the activities that are held there throughout the year. With the introduction of the Gallop Extension, it means more fun-filled and nature appreciation outings for the whole fam!
Everyone and especially nature lovers looking to explore and experience unique adventures in the Lion City. Being only 350 meters with hardly any challenging paths, the ridge walk is also suitable for those with toddling tots!
Also in the pipeline is the COMO Adventure Cove, a nature-inspired play area for kids!
Mingxin Foundation Rambler's Ridge and OCBC Arboretum