New Khatib Nature Corridor to be developed featuring 3 new parks
Nee Soon Nature Park, Miltonia Nature Park, and the extension of Lower Seletar Reservoir Park will be included in the new corridor.
The new Khatib Nature Corridor will be established to maintain and enhance ecological connectivity between the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and Khatib Bongsu Nature Park.
Serving as a pathway for wildlife to travel between habitats, the corridor was developed using findings from National Parks Board’s (NParks) Ecological Profiling Exercise (EPE).
Khatib Nature Corridor is made up of forested areas located at Springleaf, Tagore, Miltonia Close, and Lower Seletar Reservoir as well as Springleaf Nature Park.
Three new parks, Nee Soon Nature Park, Miltonia Nature Park, and the extension of Lower Seletar Reservoir Park, will be part of the developments of the new corridor resulting in an additional more than 90 hectares of green spaces.
Nee Soon Nature Park is an extension of Nee Soon Swamp Forest, the last remaining primary freshwater swamp forest in Singapore. The park contains a rare freshwater swamp forest and directly buffers the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
Miltonia Nature Park will retain a natural stream, the riparian habitat, and part of the abandoned-land forest. Native coastal flora like the penaga laut and species such as the red-tailed pipe snake and buffy fish owl are found in the park as well.
The extended Lower Seletar Reservoir Park will be located along the northern bank of the reservoir.
Khatib Nature Corridor will also be connected to three recreational routes – the Round-Island Route, Coast-to-Coast Northern Trail, and the Central Corridor – further linking the various green spaces in Singapore.
Three other ecological corridors located in Kranji, Seletar, and Lim Chu Kang, have also been identified by the NParks for future development.
Minister for National Development Desmond Lee said: “We believe this approach will help Singapore continue to be a City in Nature – a home where both people and nature can thrive, side by side.”