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Have Unwanted Ornamental Trees After Tet? These 2 Cemeteries Want Them.

While buying ornamental trees and flowers has always been a tradition followed by many Vietnamese during Tet, throwing them away after the holiday's passed can be very wasteful.

The managers of two cemeteries, Truong Son and Duong 9 in Quang Tri Province, however, came up with an idea that could make use of all the peach blossom, mai and kumquat trees that were bought by offices and local administrations in the area during Tet.

According to Tuoi Tre, ever since Tet has ended, the managers of the two cemeteries have been going around asking people to give them used Tet ornamental trees so that they can replant these trees and flowers in their cemeteries.

A cemetery employee takes care of trees donated by local offices. Photo by Hung Tho via Lao Dong.

Hoang Chi, the head of management of these two cemeteries, said that he noticed that many offices and organizations would throw these trees and flowers away after they finished using them for Tet while the vast empty areas of the cemeteries could use some decorations.

The idea to recycle unwanted Tet trees was met with warm reception from tree owners and netizens. Post-Tet wastage is a common problem every year as households and offices find little use for Tet plants that have started to shed flowers, sprout leaves, or even wilt. More expensive apricot and peach trees are sometimes sent back to nurseries for grooming, but cheaper plants tend to be discarded.

"We can get a truck to transfer these plants if the owner wants. We will come up with a method to care for them. This is the most simple and economical way for us to beautify the cemeteries," Chi told the news source.

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