ABLE Charity, a Lamma based grassroots organization was set up to make an ecological difference on this small island. At first the idea was to just plant trees to combat the extensive deforestation on the island as well as be part of the greening of Hong Kong.
And so on Earth Day, April 22nd 1997, we set up to plant 2,000 trees on the bare & exposed Northern Hills of Lamma Island. It was during this massive undertaking that Bobsy had an insight, what would happen if we came back the following year (1998) & planted more trees next to these trees? & perhaps the year after that too? Would we then have a forest!? The idea seemed far fetched & unattainable. Had anyone deliberately planted a forest from scratch before?
A vision was formed & this vision began to take shape year after year with constant tree planting… & low & behold many years later a lush green & thriving forest we have today! Welcome to the Lamma Forest.