Notes for visit by CEDD to Lamma 11 December 2012

Notes

AIMS

To demonstrate opportunities for community improvement through planting and better tree care (including the proper treatment of green waste)

BACKGROUND

Lamma Island’s main village, Yung Shue Wan, has become shabby. Derelict construction, insensitive concrete pouring, poor maintenance, graffiti, and a lack of landscaping mar the quaint village-scape, which should greet visitors to the island.

Living Lamma has been campaigning for measures that will clean up and beautify Yung Shue Wan. The major inhibitor to even simple action is government bureaucracy by which departmental responsibility is so limited and often based on out-dated needs. Often government rules prevent departments from responding, but they also do not allow for private individuals to take action, such as carry out some simple planting.

Living Lamma has undertaken many clean ups, only to see the waste dumped again. We also transformed an area through simple planting, only to see the plants pulled out and construction materials dumped there.

We understand the GMP for the Islands District has its own constraints. However, we hope that this visit will inform those involved about the requirements of the community and perhaps bring about some minor changes that may serve as catalysts to positive change.

Today’s visit is designed to provide visitors with a good overview of potential areas for action. If further discussion of specific areas are needed, we hope that these can be noted and followed up on later, so that participants can get to see as much as possible.

TODAY’S GUIDE

Jo Wilson, Chairperson, Living Lamma with

Jane Ram, Honorary Advisor on Gardening, Living Lamma

ITINERARY

SECTION 1 (30 minutes)

  1. Meet at the Ferry Pier at 9.30 am.
    1. Look for any signs of beautification through planting
    2. What is there of beauty to catch the visitor’s eye?
  2. Proceed to the end of the Pier
    1. Note: Library, Wall, Platform
    2. What is there of beauty here?
  3. Proceed to wide path before the Man Fung restaurant for a closer look at the harbour wall.
    1. Note post office along the way
    2. Idea to improve the wall & the areas between the restaurants – could we create some oases here?
    3. For later investigation and discussion – CEDD’s plans for a HK$55 million straight-line reclamation & which areas are on government land.
  4. Proceed to area between the Sampan Restaurant and the RC Building.
    1. Take in the toilet block, LCSD monster clock, bin areas, substation.
    2. Look back at the harbour towards the pier – what could be improved? Note nullah & sea wall.
    3. What is the pot for?
  5. Proceed along the front at the backs of the restaurants
    1. What could be done to improve the appearance of the sea wall?
    2. Who would be responsible?
    3. For the private areas, can the GMP provide the community with kits and/or instructions, or help Living Lamma to do this?
    4. End point, Waterfront to see the adjacent government platform.

SECTION 2 (20 minutes)

  1. Proceed to the road next to the Football Pitch – look back across the harbour
    1. What is there of beauty to attract the eye?
  2. Proceed to the OAP’s workout area (ignore the mess on the way)
    1. Can we please improve the bank? – It is a disgrace!
  3. Proceed to the north end of the football pitch
    1. Note: FEHD building, the clinic, wall next to the temple
    2. Area adjacent to football pitch – joint project for CEDD’s GMP team and EPD? Function & beauty?

SECTION 3 (40 minutes)

  1. Proceed to the North Lamma School (for a good example of ‘greening’)
    1. Note: Fafa House on the way – how can government enable more people to do this?
    2. Path up to school and base of steps
    3. School gardens – look what what can be done
  2. Proceed to the Kindergarten (focus on green waste and tree care)
    1. Can the GMP improve the area in front of the school?
  3. Proceed to Tai Peng Sitting Out Area
    1. Note problems along the path with dead foliage, branches, tree trunks, invasive vines, tree notices, littering where green waste makes cleanups tricky. There are many more paths like these in the residential areas.

SECTION 4 (10 minutes)

  1. Quick look at big pile of green waste and community garden in Tai Peng
    1. Can GMP team make recommendations for the right type of machinery and processing of this type of waste? Can you help establish where the responsibility for green waste processing lies?
    2. Can the GMP help to identify other areas for community gardening? Are there small areas of government land throughout the villages of Yung Shue Wan that could be tended by local residents without fear of penalty?

SECTION 5 (20 minutes)

  1. Proceed down Tai Peng hill to Yung Shue Wan Main Street
    1. Note the Sitting Out Area
    2. Hacked incense tree
    3. Green waste, vines, etc
    4. Waterworks building
    5. Government land at the nullah (note agricultural land next door)
    6. Big pile of green waste near the bins
    7. The well area
    8. Tree cage

Visit ends.
Thank you for taking part.