The Hong Kong government has come under fire for excessive weed control on slopes, with environmentalists alleging that the practice is causing soil loss and other problems, Ming Pao Daily News reported Wednesday.
It cited sources from a HKWildlife.Net forum as saying that unnecessary weed control at a slope in Tai Mo Shan Country Park has impacted the growth of wild orchid and also affected birds and insects there. In response, the Architectural Services Department said it had only commissioned a contractor to conduct a small-scale weed control last June for mosquito control.
Other slopes that are said to be affected include those at Tai Po Kau Investigatory Field and Conduit Road at Mid-levels in Hong Kong Island. Kwok Wai-ling, a member of the HKWildlife.Net Forum, said the government’s practice of removing and replanting is out of date. Introducing a single type plant is also not ideal for a diversified range of species, she said, urging the government to retain the original vegetation on slopes.
The Architectural Services Department said it is following the slope maintenance guidelines in a strict manner. It said it will monitor the contractors to ensure that no unnecessary weed control is carried out, the report said.
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