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[Cancelled] Blast from the Past: A Nature Walk in Thomson Nature Park

by BES Drongos

Home to a former village, Thomson Nature Park is replete with herbs and edible wild plants which kampung residents of yesteryear used to fold into their cooking. Nature guides from BES Drongos will walk you through the grounds of the defunct village and point out ways in which its occupants used to embrace nature.

Blast from the past

Due to tightened safe management measures, the tour has been cancelled. We will be in touch with participants who had signed up, to arrange for full refunds. You can still find out more about Thomson Nature Park through this photo essay!
Wander through Thomson Nature Park and take a step back in time.

The site is home to abandoned structures – think old wells, pottery jars and ivy-covered spiral staircases – belonging to a former kampung known as Hainan Village. The kampung was established in the 1930s and vacated in the 1980s.

Join us as we retrace the footsteps of former villagers who used to climb the area’s fruit trees and tap its wild growing flora to spice up mealtimes.

If you’re lucky, you might even get to spot the endangered Raffles’ Banded Langur which resides in the conservation park.

BES Drongos

We are a group of student volunteer guides from NUS Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES). BES Drongos started conducting free guided tours in Macritchie Reservoir in 2014 to raise awareness about the rich biodiversity within our nature reserves. We have since expanded our tours to nature parks and mangroves to bring the public's attention to the valuable flora and fauna that we have in our city.

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