Tree of the Year Nepal, 2018
Magnolia champaka (chhap) is one of the rare species of Tree biodiversity and is considered also as holy. The leaves of this tree are most essential in religious work for Nepali Hindus. In Nepal, cutting down this tree is illegal, regardless if being a public property or private property.
This 300 years old Chap tree in a small community called ‘Chapa Bote’ which is named after the tree itself. A community school “CHAPABOT HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL is also named after the tree (est. 1981 A.D.) with 500 hundred students, who will graduate someday telling about the significance of this name and this tree. According to an 84 years old resident, Deva Dutta the ancestors put water pot for the passerby to drink in the yesteryears. Lying in the middle of Sankhu-Melamchi Highway and being in the center of the road, government and public are preserving this.