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Typhoon Mangkhut

Hong Kong must see the value of trees felled by Typhoon Mangkhut

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 October, 2018, 2:22pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 October, 2018, 2:22pm

Your editorial of September 20 referred to more than 1,500 trees being felled by Typhoon Mangkhut (“Time off work in the wake of typhoons has to be considered”). As was later discovered, Hong Kong lost many times that number of trees. Even a week later, the thousands of uprooted trees and broken branches from surviving trees were everywhere you cared to look.

What I have not seen or heard is any plan to process all that wood and other organic material into bark and wood chips to be used for landscaping. It would give nutrients to the gardens and woods that remain. This precious organic material shouldn’t be thoughtlessly sent to landfills.

I hope there is also a plan to spend much needed money, time and effort on sensible replanting and tidying up the scraggly remains of our battered trees. I know it might take years to fully implement a plan like this, but I am sure I am not alone in loving trees and their contribution to life in Hong Kong.

Nigel Pearson, Tsuen Wan