Ms. Vincci Mak is awarded at the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust – Grant Application 2021/22, for the amount of $305,300, for her proposal titled “Village, Tree, Heritage”.
There is a growing awareness of the built heritage of traditional villages, and the landscapes there also have great significance in the village everyday life. In particular, old trees have great symbolic/cultural values and are the centre of village traditional practices. Anchoring village communal spaces and events through time, they are significant in telling stories, local history, and collective memories of the villagers.
This project will identify old trees in various villages having significance in everyday village culture. They will be studied as a lineage to analyse trends, patterns, and relationships among different practices and rural stories. In the long run, the study aims to establish a comprehensive database and set of knowledge about Hong Kong’s old village trees and their interrelationships with everyday village cultures.