The Chinese Banyan in the picture does not have any fallback and
is half-falling across the pavement. It is one of the trees in
the “Register of Old and Valuable Trees” compiled by LCSD. You
can find it at Luen Wan Street in Mongkok, with CW of 18 M, DBH
of 1.21M, at a height of 9M, registration number: LCSD YTM/103.
In the book “Register of Old and Valuable Trees in Hong Kong”,
published by Cosmos Books Ltd., it is rated as 70 years of age.
The tree is tilted off balance obviously.
The tree is joined to another tree by a cable. This tree cannot
bear any weight and the purpose of this practice is in doubt.
The webmaster has a simple inference. Its center of gravity is
shifted to one side and the roots are under immense pressure.
Once the roots cannot endure any more or strong winds increase
the downward pressure on the crown, this tree will certainly
fall. The pavement is right under the tree. If it falls,
accidents inevitably happen. You can imagine the threatening
impact to the pedestrians when this 1.21M-DBH tree falls. To
sum up, we need to pay close attention to this tree.
It is said that the government has performed some tensile tests
to the trunks and concluded that there is no immediate danger.
No further improvement works will be carried out. However, I
believe that concrete support frame to strength the tree is the
better way to go.