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Chinese village moved to protect just 1 tree



For generations, Chen Jiafen’s family lived in the shadow of a 4,700-year-old ginkgo tree in southwest China.

They and their neighbours had to move to make room for the 50-meter tree whose vast roots were undermining nearby buildings. Despite now living about a kilometre away, Chen, 60, says she often returns to the area to pay the “Tree God” a visit. “The great tree answers our prayers and protects our village”. It is not just in Changshun that people have gone to great lengths to protect trees. A total of 70 billion yuan was spent by 78 cities in 2014 on forestry. Although Ginkgo biloba and other species of the genus were once widespread throughout the world, its range shrank until by two million years ago, it was restricted to a small area of China. For centuries, it was thought to be extinct in the wild.


Source: Shanghai Daily
Published: 2 December 2015

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