Saving sacred zelkova tree in Suwon
On June 26, a 500-year-old zelkova tree broke off at
Dano Children's Park in Yeongtong province, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do. The height
of the tree reaches 33.4 meters and its perimeter is 4.8 meters.
It is a sacred tree that is rumored to have been heard that King Jeong-jo of Joseon made a rafter by cutting off branches when he was building the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress in 1790, and made a snake cry when the nation was in trouble. Every year, residents of Yeongtong held a festival around the tree.
The tree was designated as Protected Tree by Suwon residents in October 1982 and was selected as the protected tree by the Republic of Korea in May 2017. However, as the zelkova tree broke into three branches in this rainy season, residents of Suwon are expressing their sorrow.
Soon after the accident, the city of Suwon started emergency medicine to revive zelkova trees. Fortunately, the roots of zelkova trees have been confirmed to be alive, according to a study by the city and experts. Next to the zelkova tree, new shoots are being raised, and seedlings from seeds fallen from the traditional zelkova tree have been found. There are several options for restoring zelkova trees, including using buds and growing plants. Also zelkova samples were collected by the Forest Environment Institute in Gyeonggi Province to grow and restore broken trees. The city will decide how to restore zelkova trees by collecting diverse opinions from experts and citizens.
reference : http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/bulletin/2018/06/29/0200000000AKR20180629070900061.HTML