Sierra Leonean President, Julius Maada Bio says parts of the iconic cotton tree that was brought down by a storm in the capital Freetown will now be preserved in a museum.
The preservation of the tree will be led by the tourism and cultural affairs ministry, and would serve as a reminder of the country’s shared heritage and history.
President Bio said the tree, which stood for hundreds of years, wasn’t just a tree, but “a connection between the past, present and the future and must be immortalize.
Earlier, the president had described the tree “as a great loss for the nation” and said the tree which appears on the country’s banknotes was a symbol of liberty for early settlers. The 70m (230 ft)-high cotton tree was said to be the oldest of its kind in the country – a government statement estimated it to be 400 years old.