“We comfort ourselves by reliving memories of protection. Something closed must retain our memories, while leaving them their original value as images. Memories of the outside world will never have the same tonality as those of home and, by recalling these memories, we add to our store of dreams; we are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost.” – Gaston Bachelard
Nature at the doorstep
Nee Soon will also be a town combining liveability with environmental sustainability.
A casual stroll along Bah Soon Pah Road will find you immersed in the rich flora and fauna the area has to offer. It’s well known for nurseries, vegetable farms, plants and landscape supplies wholesalers, and it’s also a favourite haunt for nature photographers keen to capture stunning images of butterflies, dragonflies and other insects.
There are also many roof-top gardens. One example is the multi-storey car-park roof top which was converted into a garden. The garden is maintained by interest groups. There are community gardens throughout Nee Soon that are managed by residents. There is also a hidden garden on top of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital with its own regular harvest of fruits and vegetables. A community garden is also planned for Northpoint City.
Nee Soon is home to Ground-Up Initiative, affectionately known as GUI. It is a community-driven enterprise of nature-inspired individuals looking to foster a 21st Century kampung culture, working closely with the relevant agencies to allocate over 26,000 square meters of land space for GUI.
Staying true to our roots
We have also continued to conserve buildings and sites that offer rich historical insight, to preserve the character they bring to our surroundings.
One way to embark on a journey back to the past would be to participate in the Yishun-Sembawang Heritage tour. You can discover historical landmarks comprising the Old Nee Soon Village, Chong Pang City and the Old Admiralty House. You can also bring family and friends to visit Heritage Garden @ Yishun, the first and largest outdoor heritage corner in Singapore, to uncover the rich history of the neighbourhoods we live in.