A number of people have shown interest in what is happening where I live. The lay out is fairly typical for rural Hong Kong.
Our house has a small private garden at the rear. The development is very small and in front of the houses is a strip of land. It is low quality and drops away very steeply. It is government land and designated as green belt.
Over 30 years the original residents adopted the first part and created a short cropped area of grass where children can play. There are paths and large bushes and some trees. Beyond that, lower down, a few residents have tried to grow fruit and veg. Its very green, lots of wild plants and that means lots of insect life and of course my birds love it. Many of the shots I show here look out over this area and I have come to appreciate its wildness. Not so everybody and I understand that. It has been made worse by the gardener falling ill and the entire area became a jungle.
A few weeks ago the chairman of the residents company, who runs the place like his own personal fiefdom, cut down a large tree. People were unhappy. At a meeting we were told it had been done and paid for privately. However I spotted a charge for the work in the management accounts. Skulduggery!
Because of the poor upkeep another resident took matters into his own hand and ‘landscaped’ the lower section with a chainsaw. He took down another, 30 year old, much-loved tree. War broke out.
Within days the chairman had his own battalion of chainsaw gardeners on site, slashing at everything with the mantra “it will grow back”.
They are out there now as I write. The pleasant late summer hum of the bumble bee has been replaced with the rasping roar of the chainsaw. Two more big trees are in their sights today. All this work is manifestly illegal because it is government land.
Some shots of the carnage: