A total of 12 Old and Valuable Trees (OVTs) have been added to the OVT Register since August 2012, further enhancing protection to the old, large and special trees in Hong Kong, the Tree Management Office (TMO) of the Development Bureau announced today (July 22).
Information about the 12 OVTs can be found in Annex A.
To take good care of Hong Kong's valuable tree resources, the Government introduced the Register of OVTs in 2004. Trees in the Register are included due to their large size, rarity, old age, outstanding form and/or cultural, historical or memorable significance. The data in the Register is updated on a regular basis.
The TMO, together with tree management departments, professional groups and green groups, makes nominations to the Register with a view to preserving valuable natural heritage assets in Hong Kong.
In addition, the TMO has been collaborating with tree management departments to explore practical ways to improve the growing environment of the OVTs. Improvement works for OVTs have included the widening of the planters in Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard, Nathan Road, and also those for the Chinese Banyans in Muk Lun Street Playground in Wong Tai Sin (OVT LCSD WTS/8) (Annex B1) and in Dragon Road in Causeway Bay (OVT LCSD E/16) by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) (Annex B2).
For details and pictures of these OVTs, please refer to the website of the LCSD's OVT Register (ovt.lcsd.gov.hk/ovt/index.jsp?lang=en).
Ends/Monday, July 22, 2013
Issued at HKT 19:30