Cuts in the government's budget have had a wide impact, and the city's trees are not being spared. An architect complained to LoDown recently that there has been a lack of variety of trees in Hong Kong's parks. This is because the government largely prefers trees that won't shed leaves in winter, which saves on labour - fewer leaves on the ground means less need for sweepers.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department told LoDown that in the past three years, the department had planted 160,000 trees. Of them, 96,800 are evergeens and 6,200 are palm trees.
Are we really that poor?
Legislators may want to inquire into whether the savings are worth the corresponding loss in biodiversity.