Botanic Gardens


In the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the nation’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies a six hectare forest fragment known today as the Gardens’ Rainforest or, in older days, the Gardens’ Jungle.

Known to contain more than 500 species of plants within its small confines, this was a site of many discoveries for botanists during the 19th century, who were only starting to explore and describe the flora of the region. This patch of forest has been largely preserved through various developments undertaken at the Gardens, and even today, surveys of the rainforest are still resulting in surprising plant discoveries.


Lying within the boundary of Singapore’s first World Heritage Site, the Rain Forest has thus been incorporated into the Gardens’ larger efforts to protect and manage the site. As part of these efforts, members of the local community work with staff to monitor rare species for seed production and collection, take part in propagation and replanting efforts, and help to remove invasive species.  They also help to conduct regular guided tours for the larger public, with the aim of advocating the awareness, appreciation and conservation of this Rain Forest for the benefit of generations to come.

HRH Princess Anne speaking during her visit to Singapore.

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