Letters to the Editor, June 2, 2013

Recycling industry needs to expand. Photo: Felix Wong

First of all, I would like to express my appreciation to the government for its courage and vision in finally coming up with plans to tackle waste. An aggressive target has been set - a 40 per cent reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfills by 2022.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 3:59am 3 comments

World's biggest and oldest trees dying at alarming rate, research finds

World's biggest and oldest trees dying at alarming rate, research finds

Scientists yesterday warned of an alarming increase in the death rates of the largest living organisms on the planet, the giant, old trees that harbour and sustain countless birds and other wildlife.

8 Dec 2012 - 4:32am

Ethics and care make eco-furniture store Tree grow well

Tree managing director Kate Babington

It is not only the top executives of luxury brands like Louis Vuitton or Gucci that have trouble with cheap imitations. Managers at eco-chic furniture store Tree also battle unscrupulous copycats.

Tree managing director Kate Babington, a former executive of The Body Shop, says it is the No 1 de-motivator of staff attempting to sell their product.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:13am

More transparency needed about the health of our heritage trees

Trees, normally, are no threat to public safety. They improve the environment and are welcome features in concrete jungles like Hong Kong. But when they are not managed properly, they get sick, collapse and injure passers-by. Over the years, we have seen far too many tragedies which could have been avoided with better strategies and co-ordination among departments.

16 Aug 2012 - 11:43am

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

Probe to look at sloppy tree planting

The Development Bureau's Tree Management Office is to check whether workers who planted trees at the government headquarters cut corners, as some trees uprooted by the recent typhoon still had their roots bagged.

Office head Lawrence Chau Kam-chiu said yesterday that normally the nylon wrap bagging the roots would be removed when trees were planted.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Another two trees feared to be unsafe

Two old trees next to the one that fell onto a bus shelter in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui's shopping district on Thursday night are also diseased and may have to be chopped down, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Felled tree put to good use with Pui Pui tribute

A sculpture of Hong Kong's celebrity crocodile Pui Pui stands proud at the entrance to her home in the Wetland Park in Tin Shui Wai - the product of a 30-year-old felled tree.

Created in the likeness of the city's star croc, it took veteran artisan Ching Tat-man 12 days to craft.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Village 'frightened' by tree-felling

A dispute over land ownership turned nasty yesterday when a group of unidentified men cut down a dozen mature fruit trees on a private site in a tiny New Territories community.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Death of cyclist hit by tree ruled accidental

The death of a cyclist after an ailing tree fell on him in a public park was an accident, an inquest has found.

But a Coroner's Court jury yesterday urged the government to improve its tree-management system after hearing that the tree's dangerous condition had not been spotted in two checks a month before it toppled and hit Choi Kit-keung.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Bill proposed to save trees from destruction

The city needs a law to protect trees from damage and destruction, green advocates said yesterday.

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Planting ideas

The little pots containing four small bamboo plants tied together with a red ribbon - a common sight - are often assumed to relate to wealth. As the wealth sector as per the Flying Stars is located in the northwest this year, you may have thought it would be a good idea to place the bamboo in this sector.

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Pine tree poison probe launched

Conservation officials are investigating the alleged poisoning of a decades-old Norfolk Island Pine in Stanley that might have become a target because of fung shui.

The six-storey-high pine tree, which tilts towards one side, sits outside Beach Mansion at 6 Stanley Beach Road, opposite a newly-completed development of China Overseas Land and Investment.

1 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Tree collapses in Shek Kong Barracks

A 20-metre-tall tree fell in the grounds of the Shek Kong Barracks at about 6.30am yesterday. The top branches of the tree fell on a road, while the trunk remained in the grounds of the barracks. Firemen were called to the scene to clear the road, while members of the People's Liberation Army removed the part of the trunk that was lying inside the military base. No injuries were reported.

6 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Housing Authority park plan modifies tree-felling proposal

The Housing Authority has unveiled plans for a park on a 50,000 square metre site in Stanley where an earlier plan for a horticultural park was dropped in the face of protests from environmentalists.

7 Apr 2008 - 12:00am