Restoration of forests associated with new town development in Hong Kong

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The new town program in Hong Kong initiated in the 1970s has thus far shifted about two million people from the old city core to previous rural and countryside areas. Such massive urban growth, resulting in the creation of nine new towns, has brought extensive intrusion into farmlands and natural hill slopes, and imposed widespread influence on pre-urbanization natural and cultural vegetation. This study aimed at understanding the following aspects of the urban forests associated with Tai Po new town development: the nature and magnitude of the positive and negative vegetation changes, the geometric pattern and distribution of forest cover dynamics, the present forest condition and performance, and the factors and processes leading to vegetation modification and restoration. The concepts of precision land use zoning, green infilling and assisted relay floristic in urban forestry work were proposed. The implications of the findings to the preservation and creation of high quality nature in compact urban development were explored. Copyright © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA goal-oriented approach to forest landscape restoration
EditorsJohn STANTURF, Palle MADSEN, David LAMB
Place of PublicationDordrecht
ISBN (Electronic)9789400753389
ISBN (Print)9789400753372
Publication statusPublished - 2012



Jim, C. Y. (2012). Restoration of forests associated with new town development in Hong Kong. In J. Stanturf, P. Madsen, & D. Lamb (Eds.), A goal-oriented approach to forest landscape restoration (pp. 129-148). Dordrecht: Springer.


  • Forest cover
  • Urban growth
  • Urban forest
  • Hill slope
  • Forest restoration