“They give. They do nothing but give,” says Gavin Coates, who is behind the Greening Master Plan. “They’re massive air conditioners, they provide homes for masses of different organisms.”

Trees. File photo: Pxfuel.com.

Coates’s project planted over 20,000 trees in older urban areas of Hong Kong. He says more trees should be planted across the city. But does Hong Kong have space? And does the bureaucracy have the level of coordination required to catch up with Singapore’s greening efforts?

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Chloe Feng is a Master of Journalism student at the University of Hong Kong. She worked as an on-camera reporter, anchor and presenter at TV stations in mainland China for about two years. She also interned at AFP's Beijing bureau as a video journalist during her postgraduate period, producing feature stories.