was a cyclone end of last year (2009) and a tuning-fork
shaped twin-trunk Candlenut tree at Flower Market in Mongkok
was damaged. Only one trunk was left forming an unbalanced
crown. Subsequently, the government authority tried to
stabilize the remaining trunk with a steel cable. The issue
of inclination was tentatively resolved.
The remaining foliage mainly concentrates
at the branch ends which form a "lion’s tail". It puts the
tree in a very bad situation. The crotch will exert great
pressure and becomes the Achilles’ heel of the whole tree.
The tree is prone to disease and break.
The original tuning fork-shaped is
already a structural defect. With a broken trunk, the tree
tilts and poses more threat to the safety of the residents.
Trees are used to embellish and green our environment. We
should not be obliged to keep those hazardous trees just by
labeling them as a gesture of “conservation” or to the
preference (ignorance??) of the government officials.
*translated by Mary Chung