New Telok Blangah park has 40m-long deck with forest view & therapeutic garden

Nice view.

Fasiha Nazren| March 13, 06:41 PM

A new therapeutic garden has opened in Telok Blangah Hill Park.

Photo courtesy of NParks.

This is the fifth therapeutic garden in Singapore, after HortPark, Choa Chu Kang Park, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Tiong Bahru Park.

Here's what you can expect from the therapeutic garden.

Viewing deck with forest sights

The garden has a 40-metre long viewing deck.

Located close to the forest, the viewing deck will have an unobstructed, mid-canopy view of the forest.

Photo courtesy of NParks.

There are also benches on the viewing deck so visitors can rest while taking in the view.

For those who don't want to sit idle, there is also a fitness corner that has been designed to encourage physical movement and social interaction.

Photo courtesy of NParks.

Therapeutic garden

The park features a therapeutic garden which was designed to be wheelchair user-friendly.

It also caters to a wide range of users including seniors and those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dementia.

Espaliers and wheelchair accessible planters

The park has espaliers, a horticultural treatment whereby trees are trained to grow on a flat surface.

Photo courtesy of NParks.

This makes it easier for seniors and wheelchair users to learn how to prune and harvest fruits.

Plants like coffee, starfruit and lime trees can be found on the espaliers.

There is also an area specifically planned for gardening activities with raised planters that are designed to enhance accessibility for wheelchair users.

Planting zones

There are three different planting zones in the garden.

The Fragrance Zone has plants with fragrance including the Singapore Kopsia, Frangipani Vine and River Tarenna.

The Singapore Kopsia. Photo courtesy of NParks.

The Edibles and Medicinal Zone, on the other hand, has edible herbs and spices like laksa leaf and basil.

The Biodiversity Zone features plants that attract native fauna like red tree vine and Malayan Ixora.

Tree fern. Photo courtesy of NParks.


Top image courtesy of NParks.