|The trunks of at least 40 xà cừ trees on Láng Road have been damaged. — Photo vnexpress.net|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Chunks of bark were found to have been carved out of 40 xà cừ trees on Láng Road in Hà Nội’s Đống Đa District on Tuesday.
Some botanists said this could affect the trees’ ability to conserve water and nutritive substances and could kill them slowly, Vnexpress.net reported.
Locals said that previously small squares had been carved out of 10 trees, but this time the damage is more extensive. Residents speculate that the damage must have been inflicted on Monday night as no one would dare to do it in daytime.
The 40 xà cừ trees, or African mahoganies (khaya senegalensis ), have 30x40x2cm rectangles carved out of their trunks. The bark will be used to make medicines, residents suspect.
Nguyễn Xuân Hưng, vice director of Hà Nội Park and Tree Management Company, told Vnexpress.net that the company is not responsible for carving out the tree trunks.
In December 2016, the company had reported to the police that 10 xà cừ trees had been carved out so that the matter could be investigated. — VNS