Flora of India

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

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

Coconut dust leads to eco-friendly venture

When people think of coconuts, they will often think of fresh coconut juice from Thailand. But Orapin Sinamonvech had another idea.

19 Sep 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

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

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

On the shelf

1 We used to force purees through metal sieves using a rubber spatula and brute force - but much of the puree went to waste. Then we tried a food mill and we haven't looked back; the wastage is far less and it's a snap to clean (just run the blade counter-clockwise and it scrapes up whatever solids remain).

12 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Smugglers snared with haul of medicinal trees

Sea arrests expose new target for mainland gangs

Police suspect mainland tree smugglers have turned their sights on new targets after officers intercepted a speedboat loaded with stolen medicinal trees.

The 7-metre craft, crewed by three mainlanders, was loaded with 25 China box trees.

23 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1972

New York, January 19

The Association of Philippine Coconut Desiccators convened a two-day symposium, a kind of coconut convention, in the Plaza Hotel.

22 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Range helps skin to shine in cooler climes

Laura Mercier's luxurious Gourmande collection gets a new addition with the launch of the Almond Coconut series.

1 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Storm uproots 800 trees

Typhoon Prapiroon knocked over almost 800 trees and damaged more than 1,600.

Among them was a tree registered as 'old and valuable' - a Chinese banyan at Ap Lei Chau that was uprooted and beyond saving, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said.

More than 100 workers in 17 teams were doing emergency work yesterday.

5 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Government collapse

Torrential rain and wind proved too much for this banyan tree, which collapsed last night outside the Central Government Offices in Lower Albert Road, Central. The tree, 15 metres tall and with a trunk 1.7 metres across, fell close to the West Wing offices at the government's headquarters, blocking a path the width of two cars and damaging about 8 metres of railing and a lamp post.

20 Aug 2005 - 12:00am