Heritage tree removed from park amid disease fears

The banyan tree at Lei Yue Mun Park, suspected of being infected with brown root rot disease, was removed yesterday. Photo: SCMP

A heritage tree removed by the government yesterday because it posed a danger to the public is suspected to have been infected with the brown root rot disease that has afflicted trees across the city.

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 4:14am

Nathan Road to lose another banyan

One of the city's oldest thoroughfares, Nathan Road, will lose another of its Chinese banyan trees as early as today, because disease and rot have made it an accident waiting to happen.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Lack of care blamed for large number of trees felled

Inadequate space for growth, the wrong species and probably lax monitoring of planting may be to blame for the large number of trees knocked down by Severe Typhoon Vicente, says a tree specialist.

Ken So Kwok-yin has called for an urgent citywide inspection of trees to reduce the danger to passers-by.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Fruit fuelled early Olympic athletes

Figs are an ancient fruit that has been enjoyed for thousands of years. They were particularly popular among the ancient Romans.

They have a sweet, honeyed flavour, slightly fudgy flesh and are full of crunchy seeds. Whether fresh or dried, they make great desserts, but are also an excellent addition to many savoury dishes.


25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

5 injured by falling tree on TST's 'golden mile'

Five pedestrians were injured last night when a 14-metre-tall Chinese banyan tree collapsed on one of Tsim Sha Tsui's busiest shopping areas.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Banyan Tree Macau's villa hosts with the most

Private villas are perfect for discriminating travellers, given their beautiful settings in breathtaking sites, and excellent service from villa hosts - the modern version of butlers.

They provide around-the-clock service, starting even before any guests arrive at the villa.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Wall tree protection sets benchmark

Measures to safeguard three rare 'wall trees' in Kennedy Town affected by a railway project should become a benchmark for similar structures across the city, a specialist said.

MTR Corp contractors are monitoring the stone walls in Forbes Street and the old trees growing on them, as construction of the West Island Line is under way nearby.

19 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

This is no way to treat the elderly

For 400 years, the seven-storey-tall camphor laurel tree in She Shan Tsuen, Tai Po, has provided villagers with shade and beauty.

13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Banyan Tree resorts offer investment and relaxation

Banyan Tree is marketing Asian resort properties through consultancy Knight Frank. They include villas, town houses and apartments in Phuket, Bangkok, Bintan and Lijiang. Investors in the Banyan Tree Residences can choose to receive a 6 per cent fixed return for six years or opt for a share of the revenue. Owners can stay in their residence for up to 60 complimentary days every year.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Role of tree management office needs clarifying

This city has not long had a layer of bureaucracy costing about HK$19 million a year to manage and co-ordinate the care of our trees. Ironically, it was hoped that it would afford some protection from red tape hindering care of our remaining old trees in urban areas.

13 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Holidays to help communities

International hotel and resort companies are increasingly developing corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes to reduce their environmental impact and give back to the communities in which they do business.

19 May 2010 - 12:00am

University to fell tree amid fears of a repeat of Stanley tragedy

A 40-year-old tree in the garden of the University of Hong Kong's vice-chancellor is to be cut down because of safety fears.

Tree expert Professor Jim Chi-yung described the rubber tree near Tsui Lap-chee's lodge as an inappropriate choice at an inappropriate location.

17 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Mother Nature gets up close and beautiful

One of the most noticeable plants growing wild on the slopes of Mid-Levels is the Scarlet Sterculia.

This prominent plant flowers in May producing a bright red star-shaped flower on bare leafless branches. It is this fiery bright flower which has earned it its common name of the bonfire tree.

9 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Banyan Tree boss plays down luxury

Is luxury becoming a dirty word? It might appear so as some executives now want to distance their product from this overused pejorative. Take, for example, Banyan Tree resorts founder Ho Kwon-ping, who was here on Thursday to make a fresh pitch for new members to its Private Collection portfolio.

26 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Big deal

Banyan Tree is offering a special package at two resorts on the mainland. The four-night Winter Sonata in Yunnan package includes two nights at the Banyan Tree in Lijiang, with its famed Baishui Terrace and Tiger Leaping Gorge, and two nights at the Banyan Tree in Ringha, staying in villas made from restored Tibetan farmhouses.

20 Oct 2009 - 12:00am