步走救海下 Walk to Save Hoi Ha

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步走救海下

「保衛郊野公園」將於今年10月14日於海下及周邊鄉村舉辦導賞團,以示我們對海下的關注和保護郊野公園的決心。我們首先到大灘視察大規模村屋建設,然後會到海下及海岸公園。

我們的郊野公園正受到在不包括土地興建村屋的威脅。自2010年大浪西灣事件後,政府承諾保護郊野公園範圍內的不包括土地。然而,政府新近推出的海下、白臘和鎖羅盆規劃圖仍然有大幅土地預留作興建村屋。

大灘

大灘位於西貢郊野公園內,背山面海的壯觀景色使它成為香港最美麗的村莊之一。大灘的步行徑備受行山人士歡迎,沿路兩旁都是樹木和溪流。大灘同時是野生動物如箭豬,猴子,野豬,翠鳥的棲息地,也是香港的海貓頭鷹經常出沒的地方。

現在,這個憩靜的地方已被摧毀。最近有大約20間村屋已獲准興建,大批的推土機和挖泥機正在大灘進行工程,溪流對面的田野已被挖走,周圍的樹木也被連根拔起。

海下

海下村位於西貢郊野公園東北部,三面環山,北邊是海下海岸公園,眺望深圳。曾到海下的人都對這處的自然風光讚口不絕,更有人認為這人間仙境。海下村周邊是極具保育價值的動植物棲息地,香港政府早在1997年把海下灣定為「特別地區及具特殊科學價值地點」。海下村距離市區約90分鐘車程,但由於海洋及山林內都擁有極珍貴的生態,每年都吸引約十萬名遊客。很多人會到海下行山、暢泳、划艇、潛水、觀賞海星或珊瑚,呼吸新鮮空氣,偷半日浮生,暫時離開城市的繁囂。

城規會最近發布的分區規劃大綱圖,表面上是保護郊野公園及海岸公園,實際上是迎合發展商。該份規劃大綱圖將海下的林地和荒廢近40年、現在已有多種動植物棲息的農地劃為可興建過百間村屋的用地,樹木將被砍伐,生物將無處容身。

行程安排:

1)大灘導賞團
早上10:00    大灘巴士站集合
大灘導賞團及步行至海下(約三哩)

聯絡人:  英文- David Newbery 9088 7003;中文- 侯先生 94668167

2) 海下導賞團
中午12:00   海下燒烤場公廁旁集合
海下導賞團及郊野公園近況簡介                         

聯絡人:
英文- Nicola Newbery 2791 6449 / 9720 4142;中文- 侯先生2987 6253 / 9466 8167
[請注意海下的手提訊號接收不佳]
交通提示:
1)駕駛人士需確保有出入郊野公園的許可證。如記者需要協助,請與我們聯絡。

2)於大灘巴士站集合的人士:

從西貢市中心乘搭往黃石碼頭的94號巴士(每30分鐘一班,大約需要20分鐘車程到大灘)

3)於海下集合的人士:

  1. 從西貢市中心乘搭往海下的7號小巴(每20分鐘一班,大約需要25分鐘車程到海下,每人車費                 HK $ 10.7)
  2. 西貢市中心乘搭新界的士到海下(需時約20分鐘,費用為HK $ 95)

歡迎大家參與。為方便大會安排,有興趣參加人士講到以下網址報名!
如有任何查詢,請致電海下之友侯先生 (電話: 2987 6253)。

保衛郊野公園、保衛海岸公園

二零一三年十月十日

由海下之友發起的網上聯署信: http://www.supporthk.org/i.php/View/374?_lang=zh_HK

 

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Hong Kong, 10 October 2013

Walk to Save Hoi Ha

On 14 October 2013,   ”Save Our Country Parks” is organizing a walk around Hoi Ha to show our concern over development and determination to protect country parks. The walk will start at Tai Tan to see large scale small house construction in progress, and end at Hoi Ha and the marine park.

Our Country Parks are under threat by small house development in enclaves. Following the 2010 Tai Long Sai Wan incident, Government promised to protect enclaves surrounded by Country Parks against development. Yet the plans gazetted for enclaves including Hoi Ha by the Town Planning Board reserve land for large-scale small house developments.

Tai Tan

Set against a backdrop of mountains and with a spectacular view of the sea and Sharp Peak in Sai Kung Country Park, Tai Tan is one of the most beautiful villages in Hong Kong. It lies on a walking trail which is popular with weekend trekkers. It is home to abundant wildlife such as porcupines, monkeys, wild boars, kingfisher birds, and is a regular haunt for one of Hong Kong’s few fish owls. The approach to the village is a one-track lane lined with trees and a winding stream.

Now this peaceful idyll is being destroyed. Recently bulldozers and diggers have moved in to build some 20 houses, granted permission under the Small House Policy. A field opposite the stream has been cleared and dug
up and surrounding trees and bushes have been hacked down.

Hoi Ha

Hoi Ha village is an enclave which overlooks the Hoi Ha Marine Park, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and one of Hong Kong’s four Marine Parks. With distant views of mainland China on the northern horizon, Hoi Ha is surrounded by Sai Kung Country Park’s wooded hills on the landward side.   Hoi Ha is a site of outstanding ecology with species of Conservation Interest both in the sea and within its woodland. The area attracts 100,000 visitors a year who make the 90-minute journey to escape the city’s densely populated urban jungle to bathe in the clean sea water, kayak in the sheltered bay, take delight in the many starfish exposed at low tide, and SCUBA dive and snorkel over the coral.

The Town Planning Board’s recently released Draft Outline Zoning Plan panders to developers, paying only lip-service to protection of the Country and Marine Parks.  The zoning will allow up to a hundred houses to be built. Mature woodland will have to be felled and farmland will be lost together with a rich diversity of flora and fauna which established since the land was abandoned more than 40 years ago.

Itinerary

1)     Tai Tan Tour
10:00 am      Meet at Tai Tan Village bus stop
Tai Tan Village tour and 3-mile hike to Hoi Ha

Contact persons:  English- David Newbery 9088 7003; Chinese- Tom Hou 9466 8167

 

2)     Hoi Ha Tour

12:00 am        Meet at Hoi Ha barbecue site, near the public toilets
Hoi Ha Tour and briefing

Contact persons:
English- Nicola Newbery 2791 6449 / 9720 4142; Chinese – Tom Hou 2987 6253 / 9466 8167

[Please note that there is limited mobile phone reception at Hoi Ha]

 

Transportation tips:

1) For those who drive, please make sure you have a Country Park Vehicle Entry permit for the vehicle.  Media who need assistance can contact Nicola (below).

2) For those who use public transport to Tai Tan Village:

The 94 bus from Sai Kung Town Centre to Wong Shek Pier runs every 30 minutes and takes about 20 minutes to Tai Tan.

3) For those who take public transport to Hoi Ha:

a.  The 7 minibus from Sai Kung Town Centre to Hoi Ha runs every 20 minutes and takes about 25 minutes to Hoi Ha (HK$10.7 /head)

b. Green Taxi from Sai Kung Town Centre to Hoi Ha takes 20 minutes and costs around HK$95.

 

Join us! Click here to let us know you are joining us!

For information, please contact Nicola Newbery (Friends of Hoi Ha), 2791 6449 or newbs@netvigator.com

 

Save Hoi Ha – Save Our Country Park ,Save Our Marine Park

Hoi Ha petition by Friends of Hoi Ha: http://www.supporthk.org/i.php/View/374?_lang=en

 

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