Tree planting festival launched in Vinh Phuc

VOV.VN - President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan on February 6 highlighted the significance of a tree-planting festival in the northern province of Vinh Phuc, saying it contributes to environmental protection and socio-economic development.

He said tree planting and forest protection should become a routine for Vietnamese people.

“We plant trees to prevent soil erosion and exhaustion and increase water retention, helping to reduce the aftermaths of floods. Planting trees also makes the air cleaner, increases wood materials, and expands shade for everyone," he said.

On November 28, 1959, President Ho Chi Minh launched the tree-planting festival with the hope that the country would become more beautiful with a more pleasant climate and have a plentiful supply of wood in the next 10 years, the VFF leader said.

With that spirit, on January 1, 1960, at the Thong Nhat (Unification) Park, President Ho Chi Minh and thousands of people in Hanoi organised the first tree-planting festival, he added.

Since then, the festival has become a movement and a good practice of Vietnamese people during the Tet (Lunar New Year) days, contributing to environmental protection and social-economic development.

Nhan suggested the VFFront at all levels need to coordinate with local governments and the agricultural sector to assess the efficiency of tree planting over the past years to take more effective measures for the years to come.

The goal is to make tree planting part of Vietnamese life, bringing practical benefits to socio-economic development in each locality by 2020, the 60th anniversary of the day Uncle Ho launching the tree-planting festival, he noted.