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  1. About-face on tree plan a win for civil rights

    Posted Apr 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Raymond Li raymond.li@scmp.com An apology by Qingdao's landscaping and forestry bureau over its handling of a controversial tree-planting project is being seen as a victory ... to make space for trees and pavements and the planting of trees in shaded areas under flyovers. Their complaints fuelled an online civil rights movement rarely seen in the city. Pan Qi, a 27-year ...

  2. Fire-hit wetland to get trees

    Posted May 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com 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 ... 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 ...

  3. Government can't see the wood for the trees, says Leung, urging change

    Posted Jul 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... team'. Yesterday Leung said the Hong Kong government was saddled with too many neighbourhood issues, such as falling trees. 'The government should devolve powers to district authorities ...

  4. Man who lived in tree on trial

    Posted Jun 29th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yu Aitong A man who spent 108 days living in a tree to demand more compensation after his home and shop were demolished went on trial in Chongqing's Fengjie County People's Court yesterday for disturbing public order. Chen Maoguo, known as the 'bird man', had lived in a rough shed in a 12-metre-high tree for 31/2 months from August last year. His two-storey, 1,200 ...

  5. Tree collapses in Shek Kong Barracks

    Posted Jul 06th 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam A 20-metre-tall tree fell in the grounds of the Shek Kong Barracks at about 6.30am yesterday. The top branches of the tree fell on a road, while the trunk remained in the grounds of the barracks. Firemen were called to the scene to clear the road, while members of the People's Liberation Army removed the part of the trunk that was lying inside the military base. No injuries ...

  6. Tree management proposals under fire

    Posted Jul 29th 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong Lawmakers are unhappy at the government's proposals to improve tree management and fear that it will lead to redundant bureaucracy. They have called for a tree-protection ordinance. A meeting yesterday of the Legislative Council's development panel considered the proposed measures for tree management announced by Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen last month. ...

  7. Officials win reprieve for landmark tree

    Posted Jul 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Ng, Martin Wong

    ... and the public. The decision, made after a meeting between school representatives and government officials, was hailed as the first case of a tree on private land being saved after government intervention. But the future of the 70-year-old, 20-metre tree remains in doubt while the two parties explore ways to stabilise its leaning trunk, with a consultant to be hired by the government. ...

  8. Democrats face uphill battle to pass tree protection law

    Posted Jul 08th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng The Democratic Party is planning to introduce a tree protection law by way of a private bill in the next Legco session, after the government recently ruled out such a law ... for tree care. 'The existing eight ordinances protect trees in country parks and on heritage sites, punish criminal damage to trees and so on, but they do not include comprehensive maintenance ...

  9. Overhaul tree oversight, Civic Party says

    Posted Jun 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai The Civic Party yesterday called for new laws to protect and manage the city's trees better. Having 16 government departments overseeing the jobs was leading to administrative chaos, it said. The law should also cover trees on private property and land leased before the 1970s, which is not covered by the current provisions, it said. A designated office should ...

  10. Chief secretary's tree role an overreaction

    Posted Apr 01st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's expression yesterday of sorrow for the death last August of a young woman when the branch of a protected tree fell on her was fitting. ... development has too often been put ahead of environmental considerations. The 400 or so trees identified as old or worth preserving are a valuable asset. That it was one of these treasures that killed ...




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