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Land Management

Getting to the root of the problem with Hong Kong's trees

According to the latest figures obtained from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong has lost one-tenth of its urban heritage trees in the past eight years.

Saturday, 22 September, 2012, 3:49am

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. Sadly, we still get reminders that many remain blighted by previous neglect or inadequate care.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Skills top-up for surveyors

Becoming a Building Surveyor HKUSPACE

The University of Hong Kong's School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKUSPACE) is offering a new programme aimed at providing the in-depth knowledge and technical know-how required to become a building surveyor in Hong Kong.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Urban-rural divide to narrow this year

The income gap between the mainland's rural and urban residents is expected to continue narrowing slightly this year after reaching its widest point in recent years, a government think tank said yesterday.

19 Apr 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

Chinese buy own piece of England

Chinese investors are buying British farmland. Though the sums involved are modest compared to the billions they spend on agricultural land in Africa, Latin America, and the United States, they are expected to grow.

18 Jan 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

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