5 April 2006 at 10:18 am #6966
Here’s a message being circulated by email.
I post with caveat, that I don’t believe AFCD is major culprit in trail concreting and fencing.
– just in email to one of campaign organisers:
perhaps key culprit isn’t afcd, but local govts (district councils or whatever)
within afcd is i think some support for wilder trails; ideally, support rather than alienate these people.
Could highlight good trails, eg I’ve mentioned to a guy re new trail linking Tai O w Fan Lau – involved a stretch w rock steps (when maybe could have just opted for concrete)Quote:“Whether you are a mountain biker, trail runner, hiker or someone who simply loves to be outdoors this email applies to you. Please read and pass on to all similar-minded persons and try to help in any way possible.
SAVE OUR TRAILS CAMPAIGN
There seems to have been quite a bit of “insensitive” trail repair work by the Agriculture Fisheries Conservation Department (AFCD) over the last few months: Sir Cecils Ride, Lady Clementiâ€™s, Yuen Tun Trail (Tai Lam CP) to name a few. It might be well-meaning, but the result is to ruin the existing character of the trails until they would be more suitable to a Central sidewalk than a Country Park hiking trail.
We would like to start gathering information on inappropriate trail maintenance that can be used later as proof that people are concerned that the trails are being ruined and the natural beauty of Hong Kong’s trails are being lost.
We are urging all people who use the outdoors to come forward and support us, by returning an email to the address below and pledging your support. We hope to show the governing bodies that there is a thriving outdoors community who do not wish to see the trails ruined.
Send your replies to:
To maintain transparency throughout this campaign, below is a list of the objectives that we hope to acheive:
To gather public opinion and support to keep existing trails in as natural a state as possible;
To raise awareness of Hong Kong as a destination for outdoors activities;
To clarify and influence AFCD’s decision-making policy on trail maintenance;
To encourage and work with AFCD on the correct maintenance of trails to safeguard them for outdoor sports
But it cannot be done alone: please give your support. Just pledging your support by e-mail will be very useful – if you would like to get more involved, perhaps by representing the interests of your particular sport or activity, please also let us know.”
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After following the thread and seeing evidence of trail concret’ing in Sai Kung, I should also like to add that AFCD is not to blame (all the time). Discussions should also be made with Home Affairs Dept (HAD), Water Services Dept (WSD) etc since many of these projects stem from District office level, without any considertaion to the environment. The good news however is that, if one can raise an objection and assist the involved department (if it affects a trail or stream etc) at an early stage, then fundamental improvements can be made to the design etc. A case study is the Sai Kung Association and a new road being re-designed with footpath and cycle track along a short stretch of stream.7 April 2006 at 9:40 am #7879
email from Shaun Horrocks, one of the campaign founders:Quote:the more research we are doing the more we are finding evidence that it is the other depts that are to blame – although afcd are no saints their overezealous mainantence of trails (removing of all the rocks imbedded on lady clementis for example) are by far a lot less destructive than say the WSD
thanks for this
There doesnt appear to be an overall governing body that monitors all the different depts – this seem improbable but the EPD only seem to look at the bigger picture14 April 2006 at 11:05 am #7880
email w campaign news
IF YOU HAVENT ALREADY SIGNED UP DO NOW!
there are over 200 members now – that would go a long way in
fighting this battle! come on guys do something for the community –
it will take 2 minutes!!!!
SAVE OUR TRAILS UPDATE
First and foremost THANK YOU all very much for your support
It has become obvious to us that this is a far bigger and more wide
spread problem than we first thought!
Wiith all the mails we have received – to date over 170 – it has
become clear to us that their are enough people out there concerned
over the urbanising of our country parks, that we should continue
with our efforts
i would like to state that in our first email that was sent out we
specifically targeted the AFCD as the culprits for the ruination of
the trails, we have lately learned that this is not nessesarily the
case. other departments such as WSD HAS are far more guilty.
Yes the AFCD have been over zealouss in places (lady Clementi’s to
name one) but overall they do some good work. It seems that they are
not the true gaurdians of our country parks and other departments
can go in there and pretty much do as they please. There seems to be
no guidelines or policy for what work is done, that is something we
would like to address.
You may be familiar with our objectives, but before we approach any
government bodies we would like to have a body of evidence. As it is
the holiday weekend im certain quite a lot of you will be using this
time to escape the claustraphobic confines of the city and head out
into our country parks. Im therefore urging all of you to please
take a camera and help us to gather evidence of poor or unwarranted
trail work – the more information you can provide the better. An
ideal situation would be if you actually have old photos of the
trail before the work was done, this way we can compare and contrast
It neednt be all bad – if you see some work that you consider to be
good please take that too, there is some good work going on out
there and we dont want to discourage it. In fact having photographic
evidence of good trailwork will also work to our advantage!
Please pass the email onto as many people as possible (without
spamming them) We really want to get the local community involved as
much as possible
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