Tuesday, May 12, 2009

ISA HK/China --- Incoming Mail (Tree Failure Experience of a Station Member)

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Dear Station Members,

A Station Member sent in the message below after apparently escaping destiny in a very close shave. He may win the next Mark Six for his luck if it persists.

As the tree failed in a calm evening without much prior warning, it will become a concern for those of us living nearby trees. If our trees are turning into Time Bombs here & there, should trees not be put back into the hand of the Arborists for safety sake?

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager

"If a tree is not designed, installed, maintained & inspected properly, it is likely to become a liability rather than an asset."

"Trees are good for the community. Trees need care like human beings. Arborists are the Tree Care Professionals."

----- Original Message -----
From: xxx
To: Eurasian Garden Ltd.
Sent: Monday, May 11, 2009 12:12 AM
Subject: Re: ISA HK/China (Professoinals) --- Support the proposed Arboricultural Office at CSO & CEO

(I would be gladded if you could broadcast this e-mail
to the Station Members)

Dear Sammy,

I absolutely agree that there's a real need of an Abor
in Hong Kong especially after recording a tree
fallen at the entrance of village I lived this night.

After a whole day of tree climbing, I came back home
at appro. 930pm and got blocked by an 8m tall tree at
the entrance of the village. Two villages winching
around the trees told me that the tree was fallen JUST
a few minutes before I came. There was no stronge wind
or any recent works around the tree he told me. But
there are signs he said...The tree hit no body but a
small 4WD vehicle. The car owner was astonished when
she saw "the acts of God".

In fact, after looking in details of the fallen tree,
I found the tree was with abnormally few leaves
(approx. 30% of its normal foliage coverage and size),
one of the stems have peel barks and more importantly,
the trunk base was approx. 80% or more hollow!!! Since
the tree is on a small slope in the village built by
government, I suspect it is not privately owned. I
wonder how important the villagers' live was rated
when the one was maintaining that fallen tree.

Although this incident cause property damage, it is
still lucky no body injured. I could not image if I
came home a few minutes earlier. Thanks God for the
traffic lights. It could be just 3 minutes and a
difference between live and death. But it's a huge
difference between risky and stable trees. As a
participant in the landscape industry, I'm not willing
to tell but I try not to walk under trees after works
as I know what could happen by those trees.

The Hong Kong landscapes should be changed.


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