有感 value our green assets!

雖然受到「土地問題」威脅,香港的綠色土地面積目前還是有四成多。而且無論政府或私人發展商都很愛種樹。新的屋苑新的公路新的商場,總少不了種樹。

可是這個城市無論公家和商家,均感受不到他們愛樹惜自然。樹木以及一切自然生物,在他們眼中只是裝飾品和宣傳品。

年前中華白海豚打響香港的自然資產的招牌,官方樂於利用。但要進行中港項目、「發展」,摧毀牠們的生境,毫不喘息,汗也沒半滴。濕地、農地、魚塘屢遭侵毀,不只不施援助,甚至姑息包庇破壞者。

對於樹木,

新的,種植得粗劣,無論樹種的挑選,提供的生境;種樹的作用是配飾或裝置,每棵樹苗樹才只給與丁方淺薄的沙土,又不考慮成長伸展的空間,遑論日後及持續的保養。官商亦然。

舊的老的樹木,無保養照顧,連基本對生命的尊重也從缺。當有工程拆樓起屋,砍樹不用思索。修路斜坡維修,對樹木植披的考量也少。多少次經過港島半山,馬路旁多旬老樹周遭,工程工人堆放物資廢物。

古樹名木冊似乎受到社會大眾的肯定,但只要稍多參看,便察覺名單挑選不知就裡,列出的幾項條件籠統粗疏。名冊上樹木徒得樹種、位置、編號簡單到不能的資料,樹木年份不考據,歷史社會背景資料更不用要求。最最差勁的地方,從前收入名冊但後來或倒下或砍掉的真正老樹,檔案從此消失。真正體現這個城市習慣抹殺歷史,藐視檔案的價值。

有彈,也得讚。近年值得肯定的官方行動,是警方和司法加強力度懲處砍伐沉香木的匪徒。

近年深刻的體驗,自己香港自己救。在意的東西便得親生行動關注。這裡跟大家分享這個 《城西樹木地圖》,我有份參與更新的。地圖集中點列港島尤其西區的大樹老樹所在,希望借此讓大家多感受身邊可貴的綠色寶物。

 

we are lucky that we have 40% green area around us and a great biodiversity, but just like many of our heritages in this city, we are seeing our green properties declining, weakening and dying.

our white dolphin population is plunging. developers and even the government are hawking our wetland and country parks.  we are losing valuable old trees and it seems to me that they are killing themselves as they are facing no respect and even harm doing on them.

yes, i am talking about the century-old chinese banyan stonewall but i am also talking about all the trees around us, in our city and countryside.

for some reasons, our government our businessmen love trees, in the sense that they plant a lot of them. however i cannot sense any love in their action. trees to them are more like ornaments and installation. they don’t put much thoughts in the species they plant and are always inconsiderate in their living and growing space. we see a lot of trees in our urban areas but more i see only tiny and thin patches of sandy ground are giving to them. seldom will there be aftercare, support and maintenance are the initial planting.

what happen when there needs road extension, slope maintenance, development and redevelopment, trees are slaughtered without a blink of eye.

there is an official “register of old and valuable trees” and the society is well aware of and quite respect its existence. the register however is rough and vague in the selection and minimal in information. for one when you say this is a register of old trees, there is no information of the age of each of the tree on the register. another thing i cannot forgive is that once a tree is gone due to sickness or put down for certain reasons, its value immediately vanishes. the record of the once old and valuable tree will be erased from the register. another evidence that this is a city of no history and the negligence of public records and archive law. another crucial matter is that i don’t see actions corresponding to the introduction of the register that says “It is Government policy to provide priority protection to Old and Valuable Trees.” there is regular checkups but i don’t see regular care and maintenance giving to these trees.

there is a slogan gaining increasing popularity in recent years social and political movements –  we can only count on ourselves to save our hong kong. i am also a believer to this spirit. if we care about something in this city, we have to act and pay effort living them protecting them.

ok. enough moaning. i would like to share this tree map 城西樹木地圖, i call it victoria city tree map (click to check the map) as there is no official english name yet. i am one of the helpers adding entries to this map that display trees on hong kong island focusing on the west side.

hope that more people will treasure our green assets in this city.

green assets

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