The Ministry of Ecology has declared five new centuries-old trees protected

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The chestnut is located in the yard of the church "St. Great Martyr George" in the village of Enina, Kazanlak municipality, Stara Zagora district

The chestnut is located in the yard of the church "St. Great Martyr George" in the village of Enina, Kazanlak municipality, Stara Zagora district

The Minister of Environment and Water Asen Lichev announced the status of protected five-century-old trees in the territorial scope of the Regional Inspectorate for Environmental Protection and Water - RIEW - Stara Zagora and RIEW - Blagoevgrad.

By order of the Minister, the common chestnut (Castanea sativa), which is located in the yard of the church "St. Martyr George" in the village of Enina, Kazanlak municipality, Stara Zagora region, was declared a protected ancient tree. The chestnut is 184 years old, with a height of 25 m and a trunk circumference of 3.57 m.

The other four centuries-old trees that are becoming protected are in the territorial scope of RIEW - Blagoevgrad. A 270-year-old eastern plane tree (Platanus orientalis) with a height of 21 m and a trunk circumference of 5.73 m is protected in the village of Dolna Gradeshnitsa, Kresna municipality, Blagoevgrad district. Three quercus coccifera trees in the village of Kalimantsi, Sandanski municipality, Blagoevgrad district, have also been placed under protection. The first is 220 years old, with a height of 7.5 m and a trunk circumference of 1.29 m, the second - 240 years old, with a height of 6 m and a trunk circumference of 1.39 m. common root, 175 years old and 7.2 m high.

An order of the Minister prohibits the uprooting, felling, pruning, breaking of branches, injury to the stem and any other action that would lead to the destruction, damage or deterioration of the physiological condition of the trees. They will be entered in the registers according to the requirements of the Biodiversity Act and marked as century-old trees.

Timely and organized protection of centuries-old trees in urban areas is one of the priorities of the MOEW, which aims to raise public awareness and institutional care for the protection of urban green environment.

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