Conservation Pilot Project at Yung Shue Ha Old Village   ( 2014/01/10 )

One important concept of The Baroque on Lamma project is to preserve and restore the Yung Shue Ha Old Village and to develop it into a visitor center and a starting point for the exploration tour of the conservation corridor. The plan sees the restoration of some of the crumbled village buildings by adopting its original construction methods and preserving the primitive appearance of the village for public exhibition. Hence, the project team has employed a conservation architect for the preparation of a conservation report for the old village site. Contents of the report will be released in batches shortly and the project can be implemented once the restoration proposal is approved.

Meanwhile, the project team also plans to re-cultivate the farmland nearby the Yung Shue Ha Old Village. The farmland has been abandoned for years and now suffering from a dense growth of weeds as well as Mikania, the plant found rapidly spread on Lamma Island. The first thing to do is to clear the weeds and Mikania in the farmland, so that experts can review the land and soil condition and further advise on the course of action. Through re-cultivating the farmland together under the conservation pilot project for the old village buildings, we aim to recreate the history of the Yung Shue Ha Old Village for visitors.

In view of this, we have organised the first trial “Weed Clean-up” a few weeks ago. First, they carefully cleared the flowering Mikania by collecting the remaining into garbage bags in order to prevent the seeds from spreading. Next, the team started to cut and collect the weeds and placed them in a metal cage which served the purpose of collecting and as a trial for organic compost production. As weed is organic by nature, bacteria will naturally instigate aerobic digestion to decompose the weed with the help of sunshine, humidity and frequent turning of the heap. The weed-turned-compost can be used as organic fertilizer to enhance fertility of the agricultural land. With the team’s effort, the cage was finally filled with weeds in several hours.

We will continue to report the progress of the restoration of this agricultural land, please stay tune.

Volunteer team carefully collected Mikania into garbage bags to prevent the seeds from spreading.

Volunteers clearing weeds with team effort for the convenience of the experts to further review the condition of the farmland.

Metal case filled up with weeds for the trail of organic compost production.

First attempt for the volunteer team to organise a challenging day trip for the re-cultivation of the farmland.

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