When that tree in Stanley fell and killed a young lady, some people in the Hong Kong Government seemed to panic and started chopping down many trees that may or may not cause a problem. They have even chopped down some of the small trees that grow on a rocky wall outside the University of Hong Kong. That is a real pity, although we probably should not be surprised by now that the government would react in this way.
Trees that grow on rocky walls has become part of the scenery in Hong Kong. These trees on Forbes Street in Kennedy Town are some of my favourites. The way the government is operating, these sights may not remain for long. The government seems to operate this way: old trees that pose a danger have to go, any tree that obstructs has to be trimmed or chopped, and young trees are not worth preserving. Under this philosophy, it is a miracle that any tree has a chance to grow old enough to be deemed worth preserving.