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Kampung days: Want your urbanised kids to get back to nature? Straits Times 4 Nov 07

Fruit-themed floating wetland for Punggol, Sengkang residents Channel NewsAsia 26 Oct 07

Largest park in northwest district opens, has 7 hectares for recreation Channel NewsAsia 22 Oct 07

Ruffled Feathers: Nature Society versus Motorcycle Safety and Sports Club By Tan Yihui Straits Times 21 Oct 07

NParks to create healing garden next
By Shobana Kesava Straits Times 19 Oct 07

Orchid farm converts greenhouse into restaurant
By Maureen Koh The Electric New Paper 15 Oct 07

Letters on granite stockpile at Lim Chu Kang
Straits Times Forum 15 Oct 07
Long truck trips add to carbon emissions
Letter from Ivy Singh-Lim (Mrs)
Farmers, reflect on predecessors' sacrifices
Letter from Errol Goodenough

SLA tendering out four sites at Sungei Tengah for agricultural use Channel NewsAsia 11 Oct 07

Farmers send petition to protest at storing granite in Lim Chu Kang Channel NewsAsia 11 Oct 07

First treetop adventure course opens at Bedok Reservoir
Channel NewsAsia 4 Oct 07

Asia's first garden for children opens here
By Shobana Kesava Straits Times 2 Oct 07

Impact of granite stockpile minimal reply from Building and Construction Authority Straits Times Forum 6 Sep 07

Fort Canning Spice Trail for herbs and spices
Channel NewsAsia 30 Sep 07

First Tree Climbing Championship attracts over 20 participants Channel NewsAsia 14 Sep 07

Decomposed body found in Kranji Reservoir
By Julia Ng Channel NewsAsia 4 Sep 07

Runners reveal their favourite hot spots
By Jeanette Wang Straits Times 2 Sep 07

Why site granite stockpile in farmland?
Letter from Lau Chee Nien Straits Times Forum 29 Aug 07

NParks Launches Wireless Learning Trail @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve - First of its kind in the region
NParks website 25 Aug 07

Farmers hope to overturn govt's plans to stockpile granite at Lim Chu Kang
Channel NewsAsia 16 Aug 07

Truly all at sea Straits Times 22 Jul 07

Adequate safety systems in place for water activities
Channel NewsAsia 17 Jul 07

Students to rough it out in outdoor Hillary Challenge
Channel NewsAsia 11 Jul 07

Nature lovers, sign up to be the 'official eyes and ears of the forest' Daphne Chuah Today Online 10 Jul 07

Toa Payoh Town Park revamped with greener feel
Channel NewsAsia 9 Jul 07

URA to launch Leisure Plan to open up more areas for recreation Channel NewsAsia 29 Jun 07

Pasir Ris Park jazzes up with f&b, water sports outlets
Channel NewsAsia 24 Jun 07

Seletar Reservoir kayak rental open to public again
Ansley Ng Today Online 23 Jun 07

Second body found near man who drowned in kayak accident Channel NewsAsia 28 May 07

Man missing after kayak accident at Lower Seletar
By K.C. Vijayan Straits Times 28 May 07

About falling trees
Insurance plan to protect victims of falling trees?
Letter from Goh Kian Huat Today Online 18 May 07
NParks should act to prevent future accidents
Letter from Albert Tay Beng Guan Today Online 18 May 07

Heavy rain, strong winds caused tree to fall in nature reserve Channel NewsAsia 16 May 07

BCA to stockpile granite in Lim Chu Kang from June Area's farmers fear move will harm farming, recreation activities there
By Uma Shankari Business Times 15 May 07

Woman dies after being pinned under fallen tree
Channel NewsAsia 15 May 07

New centre at Lower Seletar Reservoir for water sports
Channel NewsAsia 10 May 07

Connecting with the great outdoors
By Tan Hui Yee Straits Times 2 May 07

Risky that life vests are stored in lower deck of private hire boat Letter from Chua Yin Yin (Ms) Straits Times 25 Apr 07

Bye to kampung life for 2 diehards Khatib Bongsu's last two residents - both illegal occupants - get eviction notice
By Jocelyn Lee Straits Times 10 Apr 07

Beware sea current when tide is low or high
Letter from Patrick Low Soh Chye Straits Times 10 Apr 07

Water city grand, but no barriers, please
Letter from Helen B.L. Ng (Ms) Straits Times 9 Apr 07

Though dangerous, illegal jetty an avenue to rare simple pleasures Letter from Derrick Wong Kum Yau
Straits Times 7 Apr 07

Too much concrete, diminishing greenery and the slow death of a sanctuary Letter from Paulina Bohm Today Online 4 Apr 07

Section of Bedok river leased to golf club
Reply from PUB Straits Times Forum 30 Mar 07

Singapore dirt-bike racers hope to train on home ground
Channel NewsAsia 25 Mar 07

Can a private entity own part of a river?
Letter from Low Boon Hock Straits Times Forum 24 Mar 07

Rent a kayak for family outing at Lower Seletar $300k water sports centre to be ready in May; look out for kayaking courses Tan Hui Yee Straits Times 7 Mar 07

Boat storage at East Coast Park not meant to be a leisure facility Reply from NParks Today Online 13 Mar 07

Boat owners sail into rough weather Boating a tough indulgence due to NPark's new rules Letter from Heng Koon Today Online 7 Mar 07

Risk management vital concept in training of divers and scuba professionals SUF 25 Feb 07

Raise safety standards for recreational diving Letter from Dr Gregory Chan Chung Tsing Vice-President Occupational and Environmental Health Society Straits Times Forum 24 Feb 07

Urban warrior, outdoor greenhorn? Can Singaporeans handle outdoor adventure? By Ng Tze Yong Electric New Paper 23 Feb 07

Body of missing diver found in waters off Pulau Hantu
By S Ramesh Channel NewsAsia 20 Feb 07

MacRitchie Reservoir to have new car park with luscious greenery By S Ramesh Channel NewsAsia 20 Feb 07

Singaporeans flock to East Coast to spend Lunar New Year holidays By Patwant Singh Channel NewsAsia 19 Feb 07

Design should flow at parks
Letter from Maryanne Maes Today Online 8 Feb 07

S'pore set to be city of gardens and water Plan to transform rivers, reservoirs, canals to recreation centres unveiled By Tan Hui Yee Straits Times 7 Feb 07

PA to build multi-million dollar sea sports, recreational hub in Marina Bay By Asha Popatlal Channel NewsAsia 6 Feb 07

Adventure race held in Punggol to introduce sport to public and spur interest By Hasnita A Majid Straits Times Forum 4 Feb 07

Are safety checks conducted on sea sports operators?
Letter from Irene Wong Wai Ping (Mrs)
Straits Times Forum 2 Feb 07

Sungei Buloh rubbish comes from Johor Straits
Letter from Wong Tuan Wah Director, Conservation National Parks Board Straits Times Forum 2 Feb 07

Rubbish everywhere at Sungei Buloh
Letter from Katharine Evans (Ms) Edinburgh, United Kingdom Straits Times Forum 31 Jan 07

Singapore's waterways to receive makeover
By Yvonne Yong Channel NewsAsia 30 Jan 07

Singapore Sailing plans to introduce sport to all primary schools By Patwant Singh Channel NewsAsia 16 Jan 07

East Coast chalet makeover to woo tourists $5m facelift to add Wi-Fi, business centre and possibly jacuzzis in rooms By Krist Boo Straits Times 16 Jan 07

Singapore's first agri-tainment farm will focus on corn and coffee By Priyia Paramajothi Channel NewsAsia 15 Jan 07

Some people ignorant of wildlife around them
Letter from Anthony Lee Mui Yu Straits Times Forum 12 Jan 07

Bee attack: Don't fight back, just run
Straits Times 7 Jan 07

Snapping shots on mobile phone instead of rendering help first Letter from Cho Yan Fatt Straits Times Forum 10 Jan 07

50 students and a teacher attacked by bees in Labrador Park
By Wong Mun Wai Channel NewsAsia 5 Jan 07

Farmers generally positive about Lim Chu Kang's agri-tainment development By Song Kian Yong Channel NewsAsia 4 Jan 06

Keep cyclists off the pedestrian walkway at East Coast Park Letter from Lim Kim Swee Straits Times Forum 4 Jan 07

Safer jogging trail needed
Letter from John Aw Foong Chen Straits Times Forum 3 Jan 07

Changi beach is fast disappearing. Act now to stop the erosion Letter from Ms Tay Yean Ching Yahoo News 28 Dec 06

Rain will not stop Singaporeans from camping out
By Rita Zahara Channel NewsAsia 24 Dec 06

Turn vacant land into botanical gardens to create a 'green lung' Letter from Foo Say Chew Straits Times Forum 19 Dec 06

Evolving from garden city to a city in a garden The vision is for an urban infrastructure within a tropical garden By Vincent Wee
Business Times 16 Dec 06

Rowdy surf-boarders at East Coast Park beach spoil the fun Letter from Ms Lin Loo Nee Straits Times Forum 13 Dec 06

$1.73m bid for farm with a food twist
Lee Ching Wern Today Online 7 Dec 06

Farmland gets 12 bids Top offer of $1.73 million for Lim Chu Kang lots in pilot tender Jasmine Yin Today Online 6 Dec 06

Make sea sports affordable to more people and provide facilities Letter from Peter Fabian Andrew Straits Times Forum 28 Nov 06

Stop the poaching in Jurong Lake
Letter from Jennifer Claire Gay (Mrs)
Straits Times Forum 25 Nov 06

Cultivating a Singapore identity through nature
by Ho Hua Chew Straits Times 20 Oct 06

Singapore the Garden City where nature thrives
Letter from Stella Kon (Ms)
Straits Times Forum Online 12 Sep 06

Design teams chosen for two Gardens by the Bay
By Julia Ng Channel NewsAsia 6 Sep 06

Fun Trails
by Reema Jagtiani The Straits Times 3 Sep 06

In S'pore's countryside, a buzz is brewing
by Tan Hui Yee The Straits Times 25 Aug 06

Take the bridges to the hills
By Teh Jen Lee The New Paper 12 Aug 06

Grandmother grows fruits and vegetables in Clementi HDB flat corridor By Matthew Ko Channel NewsAsia 12 Aug 06

A green spot close to our hearts Gardens by the Bay plans figure big in Singapore's aim to become a global city
Tor Ching Li Today Online 10 Aug 06

The urban gardener
By David Chew Today Online 3 Aug 06

Botanic Gardens fully opens it doors to visitors after four years By Noor Mohd Aziz Channel NewsAsia 11 Jul 06

Kallang River to be transformed into recreational hub by 2007
By Rita Zahara, Channel NewsAsia 16 Apr 06
Giant water wheel on Kallang River may be used to collect litter by Stephanie Yap and Radha Basu The Straits Times 17 Apr 06
Making a splash with $2.5m: Makeover planned for stretch of Kallang River Today Online 17 Apr 06

Book anglers who break the rules at reservoir park
Letter from Benjamin Zee Zheng Kang
Straits Times Forum Online 30 Mar 06

Tanjong Pagar GRC's parks to be linked
by Tan Hui Yee Straits Times 11 Feb 06

Danger lurks in waters off Sentosa
by Tanya Fong Straits Times 2 Feb 06

Some still fishing for trouble
Straits Times 2 Feb 06

Feedback considered for park's face-lift
Reply from NParks Today Online 6 Dec 05

A pet haven for East Coast Park?
Letter from Jessica Chan Today Online 5 Dec 05

Bukit Ngee Ann Polytechnic adopts 2-km stretch of Sungei Ulu Pandan By Rita Zahara Channel NewsAsia 3 Dec 05

Bukit Batok's greenery has been despoiled. Please restore it Straits Times Forum Online 3 Dec 05

Plan for shower facilities at MacRitchie
Straits Times Forum Online 3 Dec 05

No need for East Coast makeover
Today Online 28 Nov 05

I love it just the way it is We need more green spaces, so don't clutter up East Coast Park Letter from Murali Sharma Today Online 26 Nov 05

More 'attractions'? No, keep East Coast Park as a park
Letter from Wolfgang Kramer
Straits Times Forum Online 25 Nov 05

Don't turn East Coast Park into a theme park.
Keep it as a green belt
Letter from Colin Yeo Straits Times Forum Online 21 Nov 05

Don't make ECP an entertainment centre
Letter from Wong Wai Han (Miss)
Straits Times Forum Online 21 Nov 05

How that $160m can be used
Today Online 18 Nov 05

East Coast Park, 30, gets a facelift
Tor Ching Li Today Online 17 Nov 05
East Coast Park to get S$160m upgrade
By Patwant Singh Channel NewsAsia 16 Nov 05
$160 million plan to transform East Coast Park by Daryl Loo The Straits Times 17 Nov 05

Nature conservation and water: A link worth noting
by Lee Poh Onn The Straits Times 16 Nov 05

Singaporeans generally satisfied with their living environment: URA survey By Dominique Loh Channel NewsAsia 12 Nov 05

New park connector links East Coast Park to Pasir Ris
By May Wong Channel NewsAsia 12 Nov 05

Bukit Timah Hill invaded by private housing projects. Stop intrusion into nature's space Letter from Clarence Chua Si Sien The Straits Times Forum Online 8 Nov 05

Weekday campers at 5 parks must now get permits: NParks
By Pearl Forss Channel NewsAsia 4 Nov 05
Keeping the squatters away New scheme calls for weekday campers to be registered Loh Chee Kong Today Online 5 Nov 05

Make history freely accessible: Don't charge entry fee for Labrador Park's secret tunnel Letter from Norman Ng Wei Jing Straits Times Forum Online 4 Nov 05

Lift the ban on dogs in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Letter from Goh Ee Kiat Straits Times Forum Online 27 Oct 05

Pay to park in MacRitchie Reservoir? Then please don't upgrade car park Letter from Teo Jui Hang Straits Times Forum 19 Oct 06

Care-for-Nature stamp series dedicated to the Tree Top Walk
By Rita Zahara Channel NewsAsia 15 Oct 05

MacRitchie Reservoir to get makeover to make it more visitor-friendly By Noor Mohd Aziz Channel NewsAsia 11 Oct 06

Sandcastle Building Centre to be built at East Coast Park
By Wong Siew Ying Channel NewsAsia 8 Oct 05

Bukit Timah reserve to get new nature park
By Goh Chin Lian The Straits Times 27 Sep 05

Go greener, please
Letter from Marilyn Khng Wan Gek
Letter from Rachel Chan Today Online 26 Sep 05

Mean and green in S'pore
Today Online 24 Sep 05

Back to Nature More Singaporeans are swapping the concrete jungle for the green one on weekends Today Online 24 Sep 05

Fly fishing and saving the environment
Letter by Tan Yik, with 53 signatories.
Straits Times Forum online 8 Sep 05

Lessons from Boston's Charles River for PUB
By Johnson Choo Channel NewsAsia 3 Sep 05

PUB launches programme to nurture ownership of water resources Channel NewsAsia 24 Aug 05

Nature's rescuers
Meet the men and women who have made it their job to protect our precious greenery By Chang Ai-Lien The Straits Times 9 Aug 05

WOULD you risk a nasty bite from razor-sharp canines to save a monkey entangled in fishing line and slowly drowning before your eyes?
Living sanctuary: Nee Soon Swamp, Pulau Tekong
Garden of Eden: Tree Top Walk
Green peace: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Waterfront developments: Chek Jawa and Pulau Ubin
Coral islands: Southern Islands
Swamp things: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Coast guard: Labrador Park
I pick my battles: interview with Prof Peter Ng
Singapore namesakes: plants and animals named after Singapore
Warning, venture at your own risk: tips on visiting our wild places

Bus 925 now plies Kranji farm area
By Lim Wei Chean The Straits Times, 18 Jul 05

Taking care for good fun at reservoirs
By Alexis Hooi The Straits Times, 11 Jul 05

Water sports for Pandan Reservoir?
The Straits Times, 20 Jun 05

New Botanic Gardens draw: Maze in kids' park
The Straits Times, 20 Jun 05

Visitors want Treetop Walk to be more accessible
By Rita Zahara Channel NewsAsia, 12 Jun 05

URA, NParks start work on Marina Bay Landscape Masterplan By Wong Siew Ying Channel NewsAsia 15 Jun 06

More international watersports events at Marina Bay when IR is completed By Pearl Forss Channelnews Asia 1 Jun 06

MPs ask for enhanced safety for visitors to Treetop Walk
By Johnson Choo Channel NewsAsia, 15 May 05

Pedestrians want footpath on road leading to Treetop Walk
By Dominique Loh Channel NewsAsia, 15 May 05

Adventure race at Pulau Ubin attracts 48 teams
By Patwant Singh Channel NewsAsia, 15 May 05

New educational programme at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve to promote conservation
By Wong Siew Ying Channel NewsAsia 14 May 05

Don't let Pulau Ubin become Sentosa No. 2
by Nelson Quah Letters to the Straits Times Forum Page, 9 May 05

Do not allow Pulau Ubin to become another East Coast Park
by Liana Jeffrey Letter to Today 3 May 05

Launch of Pulau Ubin Conservation and Management Plans - Ubin-HSBC Volunteer Hub, Chek Jawa, Jelutong Campsite & Bike Park NParks media statement, 29 Apr 05

The Ubin adventure begins
Jasmine Yin Today Online, 29 Apr 05

$7m plan unveiled to enhance Chek Jawa experience
By Julia Ng Channel NewsAsia , 29 Apr 05

NParks to ban smoking in nature reserves
Reply to Letters to the Straits Times Forum, 29 Apr 05

Preserve and treasure our nature reserves
Letter to the Straits Times Forum, 26 Apr 05

Venus? I'd rather explore Sungei Buloh
By Siva Choy The Electric New Paper 24 Apr 06

A 30m-tall 'eagle's nest' in Marina Bay?
by Daryl Loo The Straits Times, 28 Mar 06

Paddle Lodge offers kayaking on pristine waters of MacRitchie Reservoir By S Ramesh Channel NewsAsia, 26 Mar 05

Labrador Park brings WWII to life
by Glenys Sim The Straits Times, 12 Mar 05

Smoking banned in nature reserves
by Alexis Hooi Straits Times, 11 May 05

Semakau Landfill may be opened up for selected recreational activities NEA newsroom, 8 Mar 05

Speech by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, at the Committee of Supply Debate 2005 8 Mar 2005 Discussing Environmental Sustainability, Community Participation in the Environment, Enjoying Our Environment and Water Resources (including reservoirs and Pulau Semakau), Raising awareness and consultation on environmental issues, Improving Energy Efficiency and Carbon Intensity, Green Vehicles. Singapore Government Media Release, 8 Mar 05

Pulau Semakau rich in biodiversity
Fancy a nature trek on Pulau Landfill?
by Alexis Hooi The Straits Times, March 9, 2005
From dump to play haven: Environment minister announces new lease of life for Semakau landfill
by Sheralyn Tay Today, 9 Mar 05
Pulau Semakau
by Hasnita A. Majid Channel NewsAsia , 8 Mar 05

Pedalling for Space The Singapore cyclist and the constant clash of wheel power By Tor Ching Li Today, 5 Mar 05

Have fun with water: It's official After years of being told to conserve and value the country's water resources, Singaporeans are now being urged to enjoy them as well. By Radha Basu The Straits Times, 22 Feb 05

Work on second Botanic Gardens to start next year
By Asha Popatlal Channel NewsAsia 15 Feb 05

Garden parties Big plans underway for both Botanic Gardens
by Lee U-Wen Today 15 Feb 05

Big performance area at 2nd Botanic Gardens
by TAN HUI YEE The Straits Times 15 Feb 05

How can a trek be cushy?
Letter to The Sunday Times, 13 Feb 05

Singapore scours the world for park ideas
by Kwan Weng Kin The Straits Times 9 Feb 06

Seletar reservoir hosts first speed windsurfing event for 90 sailors by Patwant Singh Channel NewsAsia, 6 Feb 05

Chalets and cafes set to sprout up among Kranji farms
by Tan Hui Yee The Straits Times, 7 Feb 05

Gardens by the Bay a national asset for all
Straits Times Forum Online 6 Feb 05

Government to be more open to extreme sports in Singapore
By Wong Siew Ying Channel NewsAsia, 2 Feb 05

TreeTop Walk too tough?
By Sarah Ng The Straits Times, 30 Jan 05

6,000 people flock here every weekend
by Teh Jen Lee The New Paper, 30 Jan 05

Kranji air and heat
The Straits Times, 30 Jan 05

More buses and staff for farm visits
Relax, people, it's the countryside: a comment about attitude to an outdoor outing By Tan Hui Yee The Straits Times, 28 Jan 05

Discover Istana's hidden treasures during Lunar New Year open house Channel NewsAsia 27 Jan 05

Green, the colour of money How NParks CEO convinced Govt to set aside 94ha for recreational gardens
Tor Ching Li Today Online 26 Jan 05

Helmet could have saved expat rock-climber
By Tracy Quek The Straits Times, 23 Jan 05

Selling S'pore's farm charms
By Tan Hui Yee The Straits Times, 21 Jan 05

Top talent invited to design Gardens at Marina Bay
By Hasnita A Majid Channel NewsAsia 20 Jan 05

Improve safety checks at Dairy Farm Quarry, say climbers
The Straits Times, 18 Jan 05

Farm stay - right here in S'pore
by Tan Hui Yee The Straits Times, 14 Jan 05

Public to be allowed to canoe at MacRitchie Reservoir
By Julia Ng Channel NewsAsia, 13 Jan 05

Singapore's second botanical gardens planned for new downtown
By Joanne Leow Channel NewsAsia, 13 Jan 05

Getting lost - on local nature trails
by Samantha Kudus The Straits Times, 27 Dec 04

Campers complain of overcrowding, littering after lifting of camping permits
by Ken Teh Channel NewsAsia, 18 Dec 04

The great escape: camping experiences in Singapore
The Straits Times, 5 Dec 04

NParks relaxes rules on camping permits
Channel NewsAsia 26 Nov 04

Two adventure centres to open They will help to meet demand for more facilities to toughen up kids By Goh Chin Lian The Straits Times 5 Nov 04

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