Park and highway win awards for greenery

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 October, 2008, 12:00am

Ma Wan Park's Nature Garden and the Deep Bay Link highway have won awards for the best landscaping in Hong Kong, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced yesterday.

The two projects won grand prizes of excellence in the Best Landscape Award, held every two years to recognise projects with outstanding landscape design and horticultural maintenance.

Ma Wan Park's Nature Garden won top prize for private developments, while the Deep Bay Link won the public projects category. More than 300 projects were nominated.

'The number of nominees increased by 30 per cent, indicating that more people value the importance of greening,' director of Leisure and Cultural Services Thomas Chow Tat-ming.

Ma Wan Park manager Edmond Wong Kwok-leung said the park had attracted more than 300,000 people since it opened in July last year. 'We want to attract more Hong Kong people to the parks and to care for the trees,' he said. 'The way is to help them discover the trees' most interesting points.'

Deep Bay Link, a highway connecting the Kong Sham Western and Yuen Long highways, stood out with its greening of noise barriers and banks. Twenty-five type of trees and 26 types of shrubs were present along the highway, the Highways Department said.