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Age-old trees barked secretly in Hanoi as investigation underway

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 14:08 GMT+7
Age-old trees barked secretly in Hanoi as investigation underway
A xà cừ (Khaya senegalensis) tree is seen barked at its foot on K2 Street in Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi.

About 10 more age-old trees on a street in Hanoi have had their feet skinned after dozens of other trees of the same species suffered the same fate around a week ago.

>> Hanoi replacing felled trees with those thriving in mountainous regions only: expert The ten trees, named xà cừ (Khaya senegalensis), line K2 Street in Cau Dien Town, Nam Tu Liem District, near the My Dinh Urban Area. Police have launched a probe but they have yet to find out who peeled the trees. These skinned trees are located next to the nursery garden of a tree and flower enterprise under the Hanoi Park and Green Tree One-Member Co. Ltd. They have had their feet barked by slashes and the traces could be clearly seen on the damaged surfaces in various sizes. About a week ago, 35 xà cừ trees on Le Duan, Kim Ma, Lang and Pham Van Dong Streets, were also skinned, exposing the inner layer of the trunks.

Ten xà cừ trees have been secretly skinned on K2 Street in Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Deep slashes will certainly affect their growth, the Hanoi Park and Green Tree One-Member Co. Ltd. said. Some local residents said they saw a man and a woman peel off the skin of some trees, put it into a sack, and then carry the bag away on a motorbike, according to news website VnExpress. The Hanoi People’s Committee has sent dispatches to local police and relevant agencies, urging them to find out the culprit and take measures to prevent similar occurrences. On April 16, the Hanoi Park and Green Tree One-Member Co. Ltd. sent a document to the city police asking them to investigate the case. However, no sign of any perpetrator has been found so far.

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