The CUHK campus boasts rich flora: pine, willow, orchids and bauhinia are all abundant. It also supports a wide range of wildlife, avian species in particular, including the Spotted Dove, Chinese Bulbul, Crested Bulbul, Magpie Robin, Black-necked Starling, White-eye, etc. The University is deeply aware that the natural campus environment is a valuable asset and takes various measures to protect these habitats and conserve the wildlife:
- maximizes greenery by planting over three hundred trees, about ten thousand shrubs, and ten thousand floral plants, thousands of ground cover plants and over five thousand square metres of grass annually;
- enhances wildlife along the Alumni Trail by planting of native species;
- minimizes the use of pesticides;
- implements Green Policy to monitor existing trees and rare species; and
- protects swifts' nest under building eaves.
The Campus Development Office (CDO) and the Estates Management Office (EMO) have incorporated landscaping works in both road and building projects at every opportunity in order to improve the aesthetic appearance and quality of the campus environment. In landscape design, tree preservation is always our priority, in order to protect trees with ecological, amenity, aesthetic or heritage value. Additionally, all projects that involve tree felling must be approved by the District Lands Office.