The Kent Ridge forested area is host to a wide variety of flora and fauna and an area with historical significance. However, although right within NUS, not many are familiar with its significance.
In an effort to promote an awareness of Singapore’s natural and historical heritage, and t promote conversations amongst NUS staff, guided walks of the Kent Ridge Heritage Trail have returned. The trail was conceived in 2002 in response to the URA Concept Plan by N. Sivasothi aka Otterman. At its peak, the guiding team conducted four Heritage Walk events in a single year but the walk would later only be conducted annually in commemoration of the Battle of Pasir Panjang.
This year an effort is being made to have a shorter version of the walk conducted monthly! Yes, that’s right! And the January walk was successfully conducted on 26 Jan 2015. Twenty-three staff of NUS turned up at the entrance of CDTL to learn about the Ridge in their backyard.
The guides, David, Oi Yee and Sivasothi regaled them with a rich variety of stories and in what seemed like a very short time, it was 7.00pm and time to leave the ridge! The short version of the ridge works well as an appetiser for NUS staff who head home, hopefully to return to explore our backyard and the Southern Ridges in future.
Final year student David “birdman” Tan warms up the second group of participants
Introducing the two Toddycats SG50 interns, A Sankar & and Lynn Ng!
Here’s to many more walks on the Ridge!
Public education through NUS Toddycats, volunteers with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, is part of SG50 celebrations.