Taman Tugu

 

TAMAN TUGU FOREST TRAILS (PHASE 1) – NOW OPEN

Phase 1 forest trails (Click to enlarge)

 

About 20 acres consisting of approximately 2km of forest trails is now open daily to public from 7am – 6.30pm and admission is free of charge. The youngest to have walked the trails so far is a 2 year old.

In December, we will be opening more trails and will have a total of approximately 4km of forest trails available for the public to enjoy.

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Location of Taman Tugu

The Taman Tugu Park is located to the north of Taman Botani Perdana with Tugu Negara in the south-west, Padang Merbok in the south-east and Bank Negara’s Lanai Kijang to the east of the site.

The site is contiguous with Taman Botani Perdana separated only by Jalan Parlimen and will be an expansion of that green space.

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How do I get to there and where do I park?

If driving or taking Grab, key in “Taman Tugu Nursery” on Google Maps or Waze. It will take you to the start of the forest trails – Taman Tugu Nursery Entrance.

The closest parking is at PPTD, which is next to the Taman Tugu Nursery Entrance.

Alternatively, parking is available at Padang Merbok Carpark or the Lake Gardens Multi-Storey Carpark. Both are ~ 12-15min walk to the entrance.

DOs and DON’Ts

10 POINTS ON TAMAN TUGU

From a Commercial Enterprise To a Social Project
1.
The 66-acre Taman Tugu site, was initially brought to Khazanah’s attention as a proposal to be converted into a for-profit tourist attraction theme-park. At the same time, other developers were pursuing the land for commercial development purposes.
2.
Based on feedback from various communities and engagements with organisations such as the Malaysian Nature Society (“MNS”), Khazanah motioned to convert the site into a public park and protect the secondary forest contained within it.
Part of the forest trails that is currently opened to the public
One of the gazebos which was a winning entry from a design competition
Preserving and Conserving the Site

More than 1,000 trees on site have been identified for preservation

Over 4,000 indigeninous Malaysian rainforest trees will be transplanted into the site

The site will be home to approximately 1,000 species of flora and fauna indigenous to Malaysia

3.
In partnership with the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (“FRIM”), up to 1,000 trees within the site have been identified and tagged for preservation. These include indigenous species such as Jelutong, Tembusu, Pulai, and Gaharu some measuring more than 1-meter in diameter and potentially over 100-years old.
4.
More than 4,000 trees averaging 8 – 10 years old, consisting of 230 indigenous Malaysian rainforest species are being planted within the site. These trees, sourced from nurseries, include 1,000 trees which are categorized as “Endangered” or “Critically Endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (“IUCN”) such as the Keruing, Meranti, and Mersawa species.
A tagged Jelutong tree
A tagged Tembusu tree
> 4,000 trees being added
A tagged Pulai tree
5.
One of the criteria in selecting the trees being added is the type of fauna they will attract. An increase in fauna will enhance the biodiversity of the site and promote the ecosystem including natural pollination. If this happens well, the site will eventually have more than 200 trees per acre – similar to a rainforest.
6.
The trails are created in a “discoverable” manner ensuring that none of the FRIM tagged trees are compromised. As we discover trails, we realised that the site had become an illegal dumping ground. Thus far, we have removed more than 100 truckloads of rubbish consisting of construction debris, household rubbish and even needles believed to have been left by substance abusers who frequented the site.
The nursery in Tg. Malim where the new trees were sourced from
Construction debris and household rubbish cleared from the site
The Site Before This
7.
As you walk the trails you will notice quite a number of palm oil trees. These are believed to have been brought in by the British prior to independence when the site was home to British residences. The British initially brought in the palm oil seeds from West Africa and planting it for ornamental purposes.
8.
After independence, the site was home to Malaysia government officials including Malaysia’s 1st Lord President, Malaysia’s 1st Director of Agriculture and Finance Minister Tun Tan Siew Sin. The site eventually was home to government quarters and you will see the footprints of these quarters as concrete slabs along the trails.
9.
As a legacy of homes of British, Malaysian officers, and employee quarters, the Taman Tugu site is home to a madrasah, Madrasah Bustanul Ulum, and 4 Hindu shrines to cater for those who used to live in the area. In keeping to one of the principles in creating this forest park, which is not displacing current residents, we are rebuilding a bigger and more enhanced Surau-Jumaat and Hindu Temple within the site for the respective committees to move to. The existing Madrasah and Hindu shrines will then be part of the forest park. In addition to the Madrasah and Hindu shrines, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (“ISIS”) Malaysia and Persatuan Perkhidmatan Tadbir dan Diplomatik (“PPTD”) are also current residents of the Taman Tugu site which we will retain at their current location.
Footprints of abandoned government quarters can be found throughout
Remnants of the homes of government officials
Protecting Into Perpetuity
10.
The 66-acre Taman Tugu site will be transferred into Amanah Warisan Negara (“AWAN”) to be managed and protected into perpetuity as a public green space. AWAN is a national public trust incorporated with a longer term objective to undertake more projects that involve the rejuvenation, rehabilitation and/or operations of selected public spaces together with heritage assets of national significance – as inspired by the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty or commonly known as the National Trust UK.
Members of the public before starting a guided trail walk
Members of the public at one of the more popular photo spots