The 300-year-old mango tree in Vinh Trach Dong commune of Bac Lieu city, the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu, was listed as a heritage tree in 2015 (Photo: VNA)




Hanoi (VNA) – More than 2,600 trees of over 100
fauna species in 52 province and cities have been recognised as heritage trees
of Vietnam since the title recognition was initiated in 2010.



Notably, many groups with big numbers of trees
were honoured in 2015 and 2016 such as the groups of “po mu” (Fokienia) trees
in Tay Giang district of Quang Nam province, Shan tuyet tea trees in Suoi Giang
commune of Yen Bai province, and “nghien” (Burretiodendron hsienmu) trees in
the Xuan Son National Park of Phu Tho province. 



Dr Tran Van Mieu from the Vietnam Association
for Conservation of Nature and Environment, which is in charge of the tree
recognition, said the activity aims at both conserving biodiversity and
highlighting historical milestones linked with the trees.



The recognition of heritage trees helps raise
public awareness of rare plant genetic resources and environmental protection,
honours humanitarian values and pays tribute to ancestors who protected the
trees, he noted.



He said the recognition and conservation are an
effective communication method, adding that ceremonies marking the recognition
were held by the localities where the trees grow and in combination with local
festivals, attracting large numbers of participants.



Most of local administrations have been well
aware of their responsibility, which can be seen through the establishment of
boards for heritage tree and biodiversity protection. The engagement of persons
with good prestige in the work has also encouraged local people’s involvement
in environmental protection.



To win the heritage tree title, a tree 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 the historical and
cultural characteristics of the area where they grow. 



Those which do not meet the criteria but have
special value to science, history or culture can also earn recognition.-VNA