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Urban trees need managing better

Development has left urban Hong Kong scantily greened with trees compared with other big cities, West and East. There is now a consensus that those we still have are worth preserving.

Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am

Are our tree specialists still up to the job?

A qualification used to hire tree specialists may no longer be worth the paper it's written on. That's because an Australian organisation on which the Hong Kong government relied to certify job applicants had the necessary skills went out of existence more than a year ago.

10 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Root of the problem

The giant camphor tree in She Shan Tsuen, Tai Po, is heavy with age. Steel beams support its branches, some of which are 25 metres above the ground. The tree is several centuries old and a two-metre cavity at its base is a testament to its many years.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Trees at racecourse decapitated despite ban

More than 100 trees in the public recreation ground at Happy Valley racecourse have been stripped of their crowns by government workers, despite a ban on such brutal pruning by the government's Tree Management Office.

The trees along the jogging path stand without a single leaf. About 60 of them were frangipani, chopped to less than two metres high.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

MTR tree felling angers greens

The MTR Corporation has removed dozens of trees in Admiralty as part of construction work for the South Island Line in an operation denounced by green activists as 'unprofessional'.

The work was carried out in Supreme Court Drive, near the British consulate and the High Court, where a ventilation shaft for the rail tunnel is being built.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Arts hub's green park may be pruned

The 5,000 trees proposed for the 19-hectare waterfront park in the West Kowloon art hub might be reduced by half a hectare, according to consultants.

They say the site cannot fully accommodate the greenery in the design by architect Norman Foster.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Tree inspectors at full stretch in safety drive

As the perilous rainy season approaches, veteran tree specialist Lawrence Chau Kam-chiu knows the 16-strong team in the government's new Tree Management Office have their work cut out.

Chau and his colleagues have the job of keeping people safe from the threats posed by sick and dangerous trees around the city.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am


Plastic bag levy has its drawbacks

The government launched a levy scheme on plastic bags quite some time ago. Hongkongers seem to be coping well with it.

14 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Call for licence system to vet tree workers

Professionals and concern groups have called for a registration system for tree workers and landscape managers, because bad tree management practices are repeatedly reported in public and private locations.

9 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Eight arrested over fake goods

18 Jul 2010 - 12:00am