Saturday, May 15, 2010

ISA HK/China --- HK Tree News (Paterson Street Tree Decline)

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Dear Station Members,

The recently sent in HK Tree News included the apparent Tree Decline in Paterson Street in Causeway Bay, in which the Elaeocarpus trees were said to be excessively pruned with part of the root system covered by hoardings. Any Arborist would know this as no good to the trees.

Tree Abuse happened for centuries around the world everywhere, but particularly prominent in under-developed places where trees are regarded lower than slaves. Simple causes include trees are pruned for convenience, & are damaged by lack of respect. This attitude may stem from misunderstanding of the Benefits of Trees to the human society. Sometimes, trees are planted for 'flowering & scent' only. When they don't out of scientific necessities (vegetative phase to reproductive phase), they become neglected. Also when the wrong trees are planted in the wrong places, decline would naturally happen.

ISA HK/China would like to think to stop Tree Abuse form happening, applying the correct education to win heart & mind is more important to frighten the conspirators with threats & penalties. With all the contract requirements & regulations to fine & disgrace the accused in our territory, does Tree Abuse disappear? The answer is apparent enough by looking around.

Then what would be a probable solution to prohibit Tree Mal-practice at large in our territory? A simple way to go about this is to ask every Tree Work over a certain sized tree to be supervised & signed off by a Certified Arborist (CA). If this CA dares to go against international practices, he/she can be complained to ISA Ethics Committee which may re-direct the case to ISA HK/China for investigation. And all CA's in our territory know that the IPA's ( in ISA HK/China are powerful Testifying Witness to go to Court for justice. This may make the wrong-doers think twice before they dive in blindly for money.

While ISA HK/China looks upon it as our duty to share proper education in Tree Care in our territory, we have never been approached by developers or management association to talk on trees. Most of them know our existence but would not come to us. Over time, this attitude may change as trees are increasingly weighed for in our society, & who can deliver better arboricultural education than ISA right now?

ISA has made some progress in tree education in our territory, & we shall continue to share our knowledge to improve the quality of living with better trees.

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."




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