Ideas grow at the arts hub nursery

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 July, 2013, 4:51am

A temporary nursery in the West Kowloon arts hub to experiment with growing fruit trees and other tree varieties is expected to be completed this month at a cost of HK$23 million.

The nursery will be used as a testing ground for the hub's permanent 19-hectare park and will be opened to the public for educational activities.

Its designer, Patrick Lau Hing-tat, said it would be a good trial for the possible tree varieties to be grown in the hub which has a waterfront, woodland area and an "urban forest".

"Fruit trees are not welcomed by government departments as they require more maintenance. So we have planned a local orchard here with various types of fruit," Lau said.

These will include breadfruit, starfruit, pomelo, lychee and dragon fruit.

In addition to about 20 varieties of fruit, Lau said there would be 40 different types of trees in the woodland area, 17 along the waterfront and 17 in the urban forest.

The nursery will take up 200,000 square metres near the entrance to the West Kowloon promenade.

More than 1,000 trees will be grown in the nursery and the flowering seasons will span the entire year.

Lau said pupils would be encouraged to use the nursery as a community garden as part of their extracurricular activities.

He said they could learn about nurturing the saplings as well as noting their seasonal changes.