TAMAN TUGU FOREST TRAILS
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.
If you’re driving or taking Grab, key in “Taman Tugu Nursery” on Google or Waze. It will take you to the start of the forest trails – the 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, a 12-15min walk to Taman Tugu Nursery Entrance.
Otherwise, parking is also available at Lake Gardens Multi-Storey Carpark. It’s a 12-15min walk to the Taman Tugu Nursery Entrance.
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SOME FACTS ON 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.
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.
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.
Creating this green lung entails conserving existing trees within the site and enhancing it with additional indigenous Malaysian rainforest trees – including species that are currently endemic. Through a partnership with the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (“FRIM”) and our arborists, over 1,000 indigenous trees on site have been identified and tagged for preservation. These include species such as Jelutong, Tembusu, Pulai and Gaharu some measuring more than 1-meter in diameter and potentially 100-years old.
In collaboration with Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (“FRIM”), Jabatan Perhutanan Semenanjung Malaysia (“JPSM”) and Malaysia Nature Society (“MNS”), more than 4,000 indigenous Malaysian rainforest trees averaging 8-10 years old consisting of 230 species have been identified to be added onsite. These trees, sourced from nurseries include 1,000 trees which are categorised as “Endangered” or “Critically Endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (“IUCN”) such as Keruing, Meranti and Mersawa.
The trees being added include forest fruiting and flowering species which will attract fauna such as insects and birds. This 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 what you get in a rainforest.
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
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 planted it for ornamental purposes.
After independence, the site was home to Malaysian 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.
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 after the government quarters were relocated. Thus far we have removed more than 100 truck loads of rubbish consisting of construction debris, household rubbish and even needles believed to have been left by substance abusers who frequented the site.