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Tampines Eco Green

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Tampines Eco Green is a 36-hectare park in Singapore’s east, boasting grasslands, freshwater wetlands and secondary rainforest — right in the midst of a high-rise, high-density township. As part of Tampines Park Connector, the park is linked from Bedok Resovoir Park to Sun Plaza Park, then to Pasir Ris Town Park and finally to Pasir Ris Park on the north coast. All up it’s about a seven-kilometre walk.

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Located at the fringe of Tampines and Pasir Ris townships, if you’re not getting to Tampines Eco Green by taxi, you’ll have to take a bus or train to Tampines and walk through Sun Plaza Park, or to Pasir Ris and walk through Pasir Ris Town Park. The Eco Green will seem a totally different world; it’s where the wild things are.

You're in the right place when you see this sign. Photo taken in or around Tampines Eco Green, Downtown Singapore, Singapore by Sally Arnold.

You're in the right place when you see this sign. Photo: Sally Arnold

The park was developed with minimal intrusion, leaving most of the original landscape and plants untouched — even dead trees, as they are important nesting sites for several species of birds. Other bird- and butterfly-attracting trees and grasses have been introduced. What makes this park special is that the trails are neither gravel nor paved, but grass, which means no bikes are allowed. Cyclists will need to push or park their bike at the stands near the main entrance.

The Eco Green is well designed with recycled materials for signage, benches and bird hides. Unfortunately, many of the signs explaining the biodiversity are faded and are difficult to read and all but one of the QR codes, which your mobile can scan to provide you with additional information about the park, lead to dead links.

In the Singapore wild. Photo taken in or around Tampines Eco Green, Downtown Singapore, Singapore by Sally Arnold.

In the Singapore wild. Photo: Sally Arnold

However, it’s impossible to get lost here, given the way the wetlands are in the centre, with trails along the circumference of the park. Two main trails intersect each other: a marsh trail, which runs alongside the swamp, and a forest trail. Both take less than an hour to complete. Be brave and check out the vibrant ecosystem that lies within the dank area of any one of the ’snags’, or dead ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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How to get there
From Tampines MRT walk 20 minutes via Sun Plaza Park or from Pasir Ris MRT walk 20 minutes via Pasir Ris Town Park.

Tampines Eco Green
Along Tampines Avenues 9 and 12, Singapore
Admission: Free

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