The Doan Lap Commune People's Committee on February 15 held a ceremony to receive the title "National Heritage Tree" for two trees including the mangifera reba and the eagletree grew within the area of Tien Lang Pagoda.
Accordingly, the 400-year old eagletree is about 20m tall and its canopy spread over an area of 300sqm. The mangifera reba is about 200 years old with a vertical trunk and is about 25m tall.
On the same day, the 300-year old diospyros decandra planted within the area of Nguyen family in Quang Thanh commune, Thuy Nguyen district also received the same title.
As reported, to win the honour, the trees must be at least 200 years old in the case of wild trees, and at least 100 years for those planted. Moreover, the trees should be connected with historical and cultural characteristics of the area where they grow.
Those which do not meet the criteria, yet have special values to science, history or culture, will also earn the recognition.
In 2011, the VACNE launched a programme to conserve Vietnam’s Heritage Trees, with the aim of honoring the country’s heritage trees, contributing to conserving their gene sources as well as raising public awareness of environmental protection.
It also contributes to promoting the diversification and abundance of Vietnam’s flora as well as developing scientific research in the field.
By Linh Bui