The preservation and relocation of a 300-tonne Chinese banyan tree is one of the best examples of Sino Group’s efforts to maintain the natural landscape. The Yuet Wah Street Terminus in Kwun Tong has been home to a Chinese banyan tree for some 40 years, and a project to redevelop the area sparked discussions about the future of this Kwun Tong icon. After discussions with the government departments, a new home at Yuet Wah Street Playground, 73 metres away from its original position, has been found for this giant tree.
Hauling the massive tree for a mere 73 metres while making sure it remains unscathed is no easy task. Months before the relocation on 2 May 2011, the team had been working tirelessly on the logistics to ensure the move is smooth, and it takes rocket science precision. The operation involves installing a temporary railing system on the road to smoothly transport the tree.
On the day, over 100 workers, engineers and arborists worked tirelessly through the night to ensure smooth relocation. After hours of hard, the Chinese banyan tree was safely relocated to its new home at Yuet Wah Street Playground. The work does not stop there as it takes another three weeks for the team to carefully replant the tree.
The hard work pays off, with residents in neighbourhood appreciating the effort to preserve the icon of the district. Experts will closely monitor the health of the tree in the coming years to ensure it grows healthily.