had happened to six trees in a primary school in Mong Kok District
recently which makes me puzzled. The two Flame of the Forest (Delonix
regia) in the picture have been trimmed for three times in the
last three or four years. Each time they were treated with the
extreme penalty of topping.
I have been keeping track of the trees in the
school for two years. During the Chinese New Year in 2009, all six
of them were cut at one time, leaving wood posts in the campus. The
trees struggled to survive and their crowns were back in a year.
Then, the unfortunate scenario was repeated in 2010 Chinese New Year
and they were chopped again. It really stirred up the compassion of
I tried to ask around in the arboricultural
industry to see how it happened. The answer is that the private
trees are not properly overseen and the workers are not up to par.
My answer is that the government is not doing their job in
supervision and the guidelines from Education Department are
I would think that the school did not have extra resources to deal
with the trees and to apply for funding alerted the relevant
authorities. The school still insisted in pruning trees in such a
way that it would endanger the safety of students, it seemed it’s
due to external pressure.
The threshold of tree risk assessment is trees and the risk may be
only medium. However, in consideration of the growth, mentality,
and safety of kids, the school has the right to fight for a human
decision. To me, why not simply remove the
trees once and for all?!