Six centuries-old banyan trees due to be felled this month to make way for a Lantau residential development have been given a last-minute reprieve. The felling of the trees, which experts say could be more than 400 years old, has been postponed while the Government considers urgent pleas for them to be relocated. Fabian Pedrazzini, of the Green Lantau Association, said: 'These are majestic trees with such a powerful form. They are an important feature in the landscape.' Two of the trees are thought by local residents to have fung shui properties. The trees - to the west of Tung Chung village - stand on a development site just 50 metres from a park. The Planning Department has refused to re-zone the park to include the trees. However, the Territory Development Department agreed on March 4 not to fell the trees while it considered the feasibility of transplanting them elsewhere, Mr Pedrazzini said. This month, residents of Sai O village, Ma On Shan, protested after their fung shui trees were felled by Sun Hung Kai Properties. The company planted new trees, but villagers said these were too small to effectively screen them from bad luck.