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Kowloon Park Tree Walk introduces 35 common flowering trees

A one-stop, easily accessible location for people to appreciate 35 trees of the most common flowering species in Hong Kong!

To enable the public to gain a better understanding of the commonly found trees in Hong Kong, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has just opened a 240-metre long tree walk in Kowloon Park (near Haiphong Road entrance) where 35 trees of the most common flowering species are planted.

Officiating at the Launching Ceremony of "Tree Walk at Kowloon Park" today (May 20), the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong said the Leisure and Cultural Services Department had always been committed to promoting the Green Campaign.

"Each year, in addition to implementing extensive tree planting programmes in its parks to beautify the environment, the department has organised a wide range of activities to promote greening and enhance public awareness about greening and environmental protection," Ms Wong said.

Since its establishment in 2000, the department has planted 240,000 trees and 14,500,000 shrubs and seasonal flowers throughout the territory, enhancing vibrancy and visual beauty of the city with their seasonal colours.

"We have opened a tree walk in Kowloon Park with different species of trees planted at one location as we understand that many people are interested in knowing more about these trees", she added.

In addition to the tree walk, people can also learn more of the 35 trees from a book entitled "Tree Walk at Kowloon Park" published in collaboration with the Institute of Horticulture (Hong Kong) and CLP Power Hong Kong Limited. The book provides detailed information on the forms, flowering seasons, characteristics and growing habits of these trees, serving as an excellent guide to tree-lovers.

Also officiating at today's ceremony were the Patron of the Institute of Horticulture (Hong Kong), Sir David Akers-Jones; the Honorary President of the Institute of Horticulture (Hong Kong), Mr Adolf Hsu, and the Group Public Affairs Director of CLP Holdings Limited, Ms Jane Lau. They joined to plant a flame bottle tree (brachychiton acerifolius) to mark the launch of the tree walk.

A total of 150 primary school students also contributed their green efforts by planting some 500 shrubs along the tree walk this morning.

Ends/Friday, May 20, 2005
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