Tulip tree Black Sea trip goes viral

Images of an enormous tree being transported upright by boat along Georgia's Black Sea coast have gone viral among social media users in the country.

The tulip tree, which is thought to be about 100 years old, is the latest to be selected for life in a new park being created by Georgia's billionaire former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili.

It was uprooted in the western Ajaria region.

The Government of Adjara issued a decree that gives permission to Zimo Ltd to move two swamp cypress trees and tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) for a price of 6,200 GEL.

According to opposition party the UNM, it plans to remove about 40 trees and replant them in Ivanishvili’s Dendrology Park.

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