PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 February, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 February, 2003, 12:00am

I refer to Michela Metcalf's letter headlined 'Lovely path ruined' (South China Morning Post, February 5).

The trail she wrote about is part of the High Junk Peak Country Trail. Due to its popularity and natural wear and tear, some sections of the trail have suffered from erosion. Improvement work was necessary to prevent further deterioration. The need for improvement was prioritised when this section of the path was developed as part of a mountain biking trail.

Due care has been taken to reduce the impact of the improvement work. Stones were used to form steps and a narrow unpaved corridor of the earth path has been maintained, where possible, along the trail. For levelled sections the earth surface has been maintained. We have exercised careful control over the workmanship of this stone-paved path and have repaved some of the sections so they match the surrounding environment.

We share Ms Metcalf's view of the importance of maintaining our countryside in its natural state.


for Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation