Governor Murray MacLehose (right) plants a sapling held by forestry officer John Wholey in Sai Kung Country Park, in June 1978. Picture: SCMP

How Hong Kong got its verdant country parks

Colonial governor Murray MacLehose introduced the scheme to little fanfare in 1974, with the South China Morning Post reporting the installation of ‘150 tables for picnickers, 135 benches, 110 barbecue pits and 600 litter bins’

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Governor Murray MacLehose (right) plants a sapling held by forestry officer John Wholey in Sai Kung Country Park, in June 1978. Picture: SCMP
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