Tree Worship

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

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

Tree fell after delay

A 10-metre tree in Wong Tai Sin that fell with branches hitting a taxi driver on Saturday afternoon was to have been removed days ago but work was delayed by wet weather.

13 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Family shattered by falling-tree death, government indifference

My brother-in-law, Choi Kit-keung, was struck by a 15-metre tree that fell in Sha Tin, and died after sustaining serious head injuries ('Death adds to concerns about tree precautions', June 16).

To see our relative taken to the mortuary was a heartbreaking experience for his family.

19 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Death adds to concerns about tree precautions

The tragic death last night of a cyclist struck by a falling tree raises fresh concerns over whether steps to prevent such accidents have been sufficient. When a tree in a public area falls without warning but no harm is done, the question is whether it has been neglected. When someone is hurt or even killed, more serious questions are raised.

16 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Developer to be warned over effect of renovation on trees' condition

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will issue a warning to a developer over the renovation of a commercial building that may have damaged trees planted in a pedestrianised area in Causeway Bay.

The developer insists it acquired the necessary approval for the work.

10 May 2010 - 12:00am

Future of well-loved old pine tree again in doubt

The future of a landmark tree at Maryknoll Convent School in Kowloon Tong that was spared the axe last year is again in doubt after it was damaged during drainage work on the campus.

School alumni have asked the government and school to publicly explain what has happened to the tree, how bad it is and what can be done to save it.

4 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Huge rubber tree removed over fears for public safety

A giant Indian rubber tree at Jardine's Lookout in Mid-Levels has been cut down after government officials said its 'critical structural weaknesses' might threaten the safety of local residents.

A resident said branches falling from the tree had hit a Rolls-Royce on two occasions and that rats and snakes were attracted to the tree.

9 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

We should not become obsessive about preserving old trees

The target of the government's new tree policy has serious limitations when it comes to fulfilling its main objectives.

3 May 2009 - 12:00am

Tree's imminent collapse was obvious, inquest told

The collapse of a diseased coral tree in Stanley that killed a 19-year-old woman last year could have been avoided, Jim Chi-yung, chair professor of geography at the University of Hong Kong, told the Coroner's Court yesterday.

28 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Treasured tree on Lantau to be cut down before it collapses

An old flame tree in Tai O, Lantau, is being felled this week after tests revealed that more than half of its trunk had decayed.

Villagers had asked the government to cut it down, fearing that it would collapse.

Contractors for the Lands Department began cutting it down yesterday. The work will finish tomorrow.

22 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Save our trees

Trees and plants seem to have disappeared from urban Hong Kong, with some being chopped down to make way for development and others uprooted by typhoons and storms.

We need trees. They absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, providing us with clean air. They slow down the greenhouse effect. If we don't do something to protect them, they will eventually disappear forever.

19 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Talkback

What do you think of the city's tree protection measures?

The fatal collapse of an old tree in Stanley highlights a long-standing problem that appears to have been overlooked by the government ('Pledge to check treasured trees after one collapses, killing teen', August 28).

6 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Expert fears campaign to cut down ailing trees following collapse that killed student

The city's leading tree expert fears the government, having previously spared sick old trees, has swung to the other extreme and is now chopping them down after a 100-year-old specimen fell on a teenager in Stanley last week, killing her.

5 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Inquiry needed into deadly tree collapse

Hong Kong's 400 trees listed as old and valuable are regularly inspected to ensure their health. Yet one in Stanley collapsed on a young woman on Wednesday, killing her just days after it had been checked for typhoon damage and within a month of a full examination that determined it to be in an 'acceptable' condition.

29 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

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