Hà Nội removes more than 100 trees for unpleasant odour

Many alstonia scholaris trees on Hà Nội’s Trích Sài Street were cut off to transfer to Sóc Sơn District’s Nam Sơn landfill. — Photo dantri.com.vn

HÀ NỘI — More than 100 trees that cause a stink in Hà Nội during autumn are being cut down, a local has said official.

The devil’s trees are being removed from Trích Sài Street, Tây Hồ District to be replanted in Nam Sơn landfill in Sóc Sơn District, according to Phạm Xuân Đức, an official of Bưởi Ward.

Earlier, online newspaper Dân Trí reported several of the trees, known scientifically as alstonia scholaris, were chopped down on Thursday afternoon.

“The city has approved a plan to chop down and replant about 106 alstonia scholaris trees in Nam Sơn landfill area to create a buffer zone, minimising the smell of waste and solving the complaints of local residents about the tree’s strong smell,” Đức said.

The flowers of the trees gave off such a strong smell when in bloom that local residents couldn’t stand the unpleasant odour.

The city will replace them with other trees of a similar diameter, according to Đức.

Four years ago, Quy Nhơn City, Bình Định Province, chopped down over 300  devil’s trees as local residents complained about the strong smell. — VNS

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