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Forestry BS_Fanling.jpg

A hiking pal came across this boundary stone at Sze Tau Leng 獅頭嶺,Fanling the other day. In the 1952 map, this place was called Kwai Tau Leng, the namesake for the peak nearby as is called today.

Looks like it has the words " Forestry Lot no. 125" inscribed on it. The first letter of the first word is missing, so it's just a wild guess.

It's not near the reservoir nor catchwater.

Is there any other bs of this type in HK and what is the purpose of forestry in this area at that time?

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Saturday, March 21, 2020


Skimming the results of this Google search, it looks as though they were plots of land that had traditionally belonged to a village, and were formalised as "Forestry Lots".

Thanks for the links.

This might be of help re forestry lots. But I do not have any idea of those stone markers.

Before, the New Territories Adminstration gave out temporary Forestry Lot  permit to the village chief to allow the villagers to gather branches, shrubs from the hillside around their village. The area is designated  for that particular village and on the permit it marks out on a map. Every year they have to pay  Crown rent for this permit.

When Govt. wants to take back this area they will count out the large, medium, small pine trees and pay back the villagers compensation for loss of use.   

As noted here in para. 3: After Forestry Licences have been issued, the Licensees shall mark out the land in respect of which they are granted licences clearly at each corner with a board or stone bearing the licence number and shall maintain such marks during the term of their licences.