Fire-hit wetland to get trees

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 May, 2011, 12:00am


Nam Sang Wai conservationists will plant trees in the blaze-destroyed wetland on Sunday, after receiving permission from the government. But they will skip large areas owned by Henderson Land Development, which has not responded to their request.

The government U-turn came after the Lands Department withdrew an agreement with the group to let them plant trees in the government land in Nam Sang Wai earlier this month.

The planting was originally planned for Sunday last week, but was put off after the department - four days before the event - said it was not allowed, the group said.

Yuen Long district councillor Kwong Chun-yu, a democrat and representative for the group, said they aimed to plant 50 trees on the government land. He said they would avoid Henderson's land, although it was the most affected by the hill fire at the New Year.

'We can hardly recover Nam Sang Wai by planting these trees. But we hope to tell the public and the government that Nam Sang Wai needs to be conserved,' he said.