Action promised to save 'king' banyan

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 August, 2007, 12:00am

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department met tree experts yesterday and promised to take measures to save a 200-year-old 'king' banyan tree that has partially collapsed. It said it would take samples from the tree and soil to conduct fungal tests and administer fungicide. It would also further remove concrete slabs from around the tree base. The department will ask the Architectural Services Department to build a metal framework to stabilise the tree. One third of the tree's trunk collapsed in Kowloon Park on August 13. The department also said it had finished inspecting the city's 526 old and valuable listed trees.