Bob and Sally Bunker have called Mui Wo their home for years and are happy to share with us the beauty of the place. Bob will walk us through some remaining old villages and Sally will show us flora and fauna of the area.
This afternoon walk will take us off to areas rarely visited by many day trippers to Mui Wo!
Born in UK 1949 and growing up in the country, Sally always had a hobbyist interest in the environment and the artistic representation of flora. An athlete and dancer, she took up physical education along with remedial child therapy, and specialized at secondary level.
Moving with family to Hong Kong 1979, Sally worked in P/E and environmental studies at kinder/primary level, before starting an International Kindergarten, and she obtaining her qualifications to be a Principal. Her curriculum emphasised environmental studies.
Having no training in botanical art-work, but having dabbled for 15 years, she was encouraged to take it up full time, so in 2002 she enrolled in a week’s course with Anne-Marie Evans, igniting new-found passion. Obtaining a Distinction in the Society of Botanical Artists’s Long-distance Learning Course, her work has been exhibited at SBA’s annual exhibition ever since.
Seeking a worthwhile project, Sally is now working alongside Hong Kong University on a “heritage book” of 100 of the 360 species of indigenous, significant and endemic trees of the territory. Illustrating seasonal changes of each tree needs “meeting” all her subjects, involving many hours of field-work, mainly on Lantau – Hong Kong’s lovely rural island where she now lives. A university professor is writing up the details of each tree; publication hopefully in a few years’ time, with more to follow!
Sally’s husband Bob, retiring after a career in finance, has spent many years involved in Green groups on Lantau, and has deep interest in the island and its history.