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Two coral trees in Tak Wah Park removed

     In response to media enquiries on the removal of two coral trees in Jockey Club Tak Wah Park, Tsuen Wan, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) gave the following information:

     The LCSD has put up notices at Jockey Club Tak Wah Park on September 5 (Friday) informing the public that the department was planning to remove two coral trees with potential risk in the park.

     LCSD staff, in conjunction with tree experts, re-inspected the two trees using equipments today (September 9) and confirmed that the two trees had no chance of recovery. Although the trees did not pose imminent danger, they pose rather high potential risk. To ensure public safety, the department has started to remove the two trees today and the operation is expected to complete tomorrow.

     The two coral trees were not listed in the Register of Old and Valuable Trees and were about 10.5 metres and 17.5 metres in height respectively. They have been attacked by Erythnia Gall Wasp (EGW) since 2006. The department has applied pesticides on the trees and kept close monitoring but the trees have lost most of their leaves and showed no sign of recovery.

     The department will continue to adopt a prudent approach and would only resort to removing a tree if it is the only alternative based on public safety grounds.

Ends/Tuesday, September 9, 2008

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