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路人丁的抉擇

一修二剪三斬魂無術

Choice of Passer-by “D”

Prune, Trim, Chop Off with NO Revival

第二次砍頂, 拍攝日期2009年2月28日, Feb. 28, 2009

2009年10月3日, Oct 3, 2009

第三次砍頂, 拍攝日期2010年3月8日, March 8, 2010

旺角區有所小學校園內有六棵樹木出現了異動,讓谷主百思不得其解.圖中的兩棵鳳凰木在這三四年間修剪了三次,每次都施以斬頂的極刑!

谷主記錄了兩年,2009年農曆新年校方一次過斬了六棵樹,校園內只餘下六枝木柱.樹木們掙扎求存,一年內長回了樹冠,然後不幸的情景重覆出現,2010年的農曆新年再斬.觸動著路人丁的惻隱之心

谷主四處問行內人士發生了什麼事情.答覆的是私人樹木不受監管;行內工人質素有問題.我的答覆是政府監管不力和教育署指引不清晰.

以谷主估計,學校應該沒有額外的資源去處理校園內的樹木,相信需要申請資金並驚動高層及有關當局.以這樣的修剪方法會危害校內小朋友的安全,校方堅持進行,看來是受到外來的壓力.

樹木的危險評估根據科學客觀標準,這些樹木可能只屬中性危險.但以小朋友的成長心理和安全著想,校方有權爭取一個較人性化的決定.谷主認為不如把樹木一次過移除吧!

Something unusual 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 passer-by “D”. 

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 obscure.

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?!

作者: Leon Lau, 譯者: Mary Chung

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