23,000 trees imported for Christmas

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 December, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 December, 2000, 12:00am

More than 23,000 Christmas trees were imported into the SAR this year for the holiday celebrations.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department issued 61 licences to import 23,230 trees, about 300 more than last year.

As part of its green promotion, the Government planted a five-metre pine tree in Statue Square, Central, in October. Choy Kin-sun, district amenities officer for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, said the tree would be a permanent fixture for Christmas celebrations.

The pine was imported from northern China and has been planted in the square. More than 90 per cent of imported trees came from the US, with the remainder from Canada, Denmark and Luxembourg.

Luxury hotels were the main importers of large trees with smaller ones in restaurants and ballrooms. However, the five-star Grand Hyatt in Wan Chai used a fake eight-metre tree for the second year as part of an environmental programme. The Eaton Hotel in Yau Ma Tei this year also stopped using trees, instead using recycled bottles and paper to make eight fake trees.