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Many street-side trees in Hanoi misused, abused

By Giang Huy, Vo Hai   October 29, 2022 | 06:31 pm PT
Many of the trees that make Hanoi beautiful are dealt with in unattractive ways with little thought given to the harm they might suffer.
Many street-side trees in Hanoi misused, abused

Trees lining Pham Van Dong Street in Bac Tu Liem District have iron supports.

In the 2016-2020 period, Hanoi planted one million new trees. The saplings were given steel or wooden supports to grow straight and withstand the elements like strong winds and heavy rain.

Many street-side trees in Hanoi misused, abused

However, even after the trees have grown to stand on their own, the supports have not been removed and these cut into their trunks as seen in the picture of a Royal Poinciana tree on Lang Ha Street in Dong Da District.

Many street-side trees in Hanoi misused, abused

An Indian almond tree on National Highway 5 that runs through Long Bien and Gia Lam districts has grown to the point that the ring that had gripped it for five years is broken.

The situation of tree trunks getting "choked" can be seen in several Hanoi streets including Tran Khat Chan, Xa Dan, Ring Road No.2 and Vo Chi Cong.

Many street-side trees in Hanoi misused, abused

Trees on Tran Hung Dao Street in Hoan Kiem District are wrapped with strings attached to decorative lights. Some locals use the tree trunk to attach their drainage pipes.

Many street-side trees in Hanoi misused, abused

On Lo Su street in Hoan Kiem District, some vendors have hammered many nails into tree trunks for displaying backpacks.

Many street-side trees in Hanoi misused, abused

Thick iron bars have been hammered deep into a tree trunk on Le Phung Hieu Street in Hoan Kiem District.

Many street-side trees in Hanoi misused, abused

A tree with wooden support on Cau Go Street in Hoan Kiem District seems to be dying.

Many street-side trees in Hanoi misused, abused

Along Lang Ha Street, the sidewalk has been dug up to bury power and telecom lines and upgrade the sewer system. To carry out the project, many trees have had their horizontal roots cut.

Many street-side trees in Hanoi misused, abused

A tree on Luong Yen Street in Hai Ba Trung District supports a large pile of bricks.

Many street-side trees in Hanoi misused, abused

The root of a tree is covered with concrete on the sidewalk of Nguyen Van Cu Street in Gia Lam District.

Many street-side trees in Hanoi misused, abused

An Indian almond tree on Tran Nhat Duat Street in Hoan Kiem District is covered with cables and wires.

The Hanoi Department of Construction said it has assigned specialized units to review the conditions of public trees across the city to remove frameworks from grown ones, replace dead trees with saplings and protect them from being affected by construction works and businesses of local people.

 
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