Students to help clean up country parks
THE Community Youth Club country parks adoption scheme has become increasingly popular among secondary students in Hong Kong, according to Country Parks Board chairman Dr I.J. Hodgkiss.
Launching the scheme at the Hong Kong Science Museum recently, Dr Hodgkiss said the number of participating schools had risen from 10 in 1989 to 70 this year.
More than 5,600 club members were expected to take part in the scheme which was aimed at promoting countryside conservation through participation in voluntary work, Dr Hodgkiss said.
'In the coming months, the students will carry out a range of countryside conservation services in 10 country parks.
'Their work will include planting and tending trees, cutting grass, maintaining footpath and collecting litter on recreational sites.' Dr Hodgkiss pointed out that the enthusiastic participation of club members in the scheme and their care and concern for country parks was highly commendable.
Apart from keeping the country parks clean and green, they would also set a good example for other members of the community to help conserve these public scenic resources, he added.
Assistant Director of Education Ho Chi-leung said the scheme would offer participating students more consistent countryside conservation activities.
He praised the students who had completed the first part project and thanked their principals and teachers as well as the country parks board for their support. The scheme has been jointly organised by the Agriculture and Fisheries Department and the Education Department.