Trees should be planted in fertile soil

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 August, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 August, 2002, 12:00am

This summer the government introduced a campaign to beautify the environment along roadsides and highway dividers 'City blossoming all over with $26 million planting drive' (South China Morning Post, July 25).

While greening is always to be commended, officials should first consider managing and monitoring the type and way newly-formed roadsides and verges are filled.

They should walk along Ting Kok Road (at the Shuen Wan bend to be specific) in Tai Po where construction rubble is mixed with soil and unceremoniously dumped along the upgraded and expanded Ting Kok Road. The trees planted there have been left to fend for themselves.

This arrangement shows a glaring lack of concern for a fundamental issue. Plants and trees grow best in fertile and loamy soil of a good consistency. I see the $26 million being spent going down the drain. There must be clear monitoring procedures spelt out under the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance, or whatever process is involved.

In the meantime, will the relevant authority please stop contracted companies using their construction rubble as 'good soil' for roadsides and planting.

They might also wish to inspect the trees along Ting Kok Road that have yet to gain decent leaf growth.


Tai Po