Group says no to tree removal

A group of local tree-lovers are preparing to go to extraordinary lengths to save a Peng Chau hackberry tree that is facing the chop on August 25.

Green Sense President Roy Tam Hoi-pong and Central and Western District Councilor Ted Hui Chi-fung, among others, have threatened to chain themselves to the trunk of the tree if the Lands Department goes ahead with its plans to chop down the tree.

This comes after the surprise removal of four 100-year-old banyan trees in Mid-Levels last week, with arborists questioning the government’s attitude towards tree conversation.

It has been argued that the tree remains structurally strong and could be conserved with proper pruning, despite the Land Department’s claim that it poses a possible risk to passersby and nearby residents.

Cases of falling trees have become common around Hong Kong, with most tree collapses due to rotting roots or strong winds and rain. 

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