Teachers, students preserve trees to promote green Lantau (with photos)

The following is issued on behalf of the Islands District Council:

     More than 200 students, teachers and volunteers in Islands District weeded and fertilised native seedlings on Nei Lak Shan, Lantau Island, today (June 17) to support green Lantau at the "Islands District Healthy City Tree Conversation Day cum Book Launching Ceremony of Islands Nature Heritage Trail".
     At the same time, a new book entitled "Islands Series - Ngong Ping and Tai O" was launched to promote community awareness on nature conservation and the scenic beauty of the district.
     The Under Secretary for the Environment, Dr Kitty Poon; the Vice-chairman of the Islands District Council, Ms Chau Chuen-heung; the District Officer (Islands), Mr Danny Lau; the Assistant Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation, Mr Joseph Sham; the Chairman of Friends of the Country Parks, Mr John Hui; the Chief Executive of the Conservancy Association, Mr Ken So; the Head of Commerce and Marketing of Ngong Ping 360, Ms Stella Kwan; and the Convenor of the Islands Healthy City Working Group, Mr Randy Yu, officiated at the tree conservation event today.

     This is the third consecutive year in which the Islands Healthy City Working Group under the Islands District Council's Tourism, Agriculture, Fisheries and Environmental Hygiene Committee has organised greening events. For the first time, the working group collaborated with the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department to organise the event with an aim of enhancing the ecological environment and biological diversity of Nei Lak Shan through sustainable nature conservation as well as promoting public awareness on nature conservation through their participation in greening work.

     The new book, "Islands Series - Ngong Ping and Tai O", carries an outline of the natural environment and the history of Ngong Ping and Tai O and interviews with local people who recalled interesting stories about the origin and lives of indigenous villagers. It is now available at major bookstores.

     The event was co-organised by the Conservancy Association, Ngong Ping 360 and the Islands District Office and sponsored by Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited, Hong Kong International Airport, Power Assets Holdings Limited and Sino Group.

Ends/Sunday, June 17, 2012
Issued at HKT 14:27