|One of three queen’s crape myrtle trees in An Giang Province recently recognised as a Việt Nam Heritage Tree. — VNA/VNS Photo Công Mạo|Viet Nam News
AN GIANG — Three queen’s crape myrtle trees in An Giang Province have been recognised as Heritage Trees by the Việt Nam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE).
The announcement was made in a meeting held last Friday in Chợ Vàm Town in the province’s Phú Tân District.
One of the trees is 215 years old and the other two are 305 years old, according to Bành Thanh Hùng, an official from the province’s Forest Protection Division.
The trees have an average height of more than eight metres with a trunk circumference of four metres.
Trương Thanh Nhàn, vice chairman of the Phú Tân District’s People’s Committee, said the three trees, which have large trunks and niches, were used to help revolutionary-era cadres hide documents and evade the enemy during wartime.
The official recognition by the VACNE was given as part of its effort to promote environmental protection and preserve biodiversity. The association also aims to raise awareness in the community about nature conservation, beautiful landscapes, and cultural and historical values.
Another five trees in the province have previously been recognised as heritage trees, including a 400 year-old dầu (dipterocarpus alatus) tree, a 700-year-old dầu tree, a 500-year-old tamarind tree, and two 300-year-old litchi trees.
In 2009, a 400-year-old banyan tree in the province’s An Phước District was recognised as the largest banyan tree in Việt Nam. — VNS