Protective plastic wrapping on trees and sculptures may become as common a sight over the festive season as Christmas trees and fairy lights, pending a review of the anti-vandalism tactic by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. A department spokeswoman said yesterday it would look at the need to repeat the measure, adopted over New Year's Eve on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, during festivals and other occasions. 'We will review this in due course, but we hope the public can be civic-minded and take care of the environment and property in future so we don't need to do this every time,' she said. The department was unable to provide details of the cost of the plastic covering, but it was 'not expected to be significant'. Concerns that the covering may damage the trees were also dismissed. 'The wrapping was only applied over a short period of time and only up to a certain height,' the spokesperson said. The plastic wrapping was due to be removed by Leisure and Cultural Services Department staff yesterday. Workers have already been given a hand by revellers, who could be seen tearing the wrapping off trees in television coverage of the celebrations. The use of metres of cling wrap to thwart vandals has been criticised for failing to address the root of the problem. Lisa Hopkinson, of Civic Exchange, said: 'Until there is a crackdown on people littering and people see that it's not acceptable, we will have to have every public area wrapped in plastic. It's a very sad state of affairs.' Martin Baker from Greenpeace voiced surprise at the plastic-wrapping protection plan. 'I don't think you get that in too many other places,' he said. The education pressure group Education Convergence said earlier this week that a lack of moral education was the root cause of the vandalism along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It labelled the covering of trees and sculptures as 'futile and defeatist'.