The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs has announced the restoration effort of the iconic Freetown Cotton Tree, following a powerful storm that struck on the night of 24 May, 2023.

The Ministry made this announcement in a press release issued today, 25 May, 2023.

Recognizing the immense cultural significance of this historic tree, the government has swiftly taken action to preserve its remains and safeguard its legacy. Efforts are currently underway to secure and preserve the relics of the fallen tree, according to the Ministry.

The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs appeals to the general public to refrain from cutting any part of the Cotton Tree. Recognizing the potential interest in obtaining souvenirs or pieces of the tree, the government emphasizes the importance of preserving this symbol of our cherished heritage.

To ensure the protection of the tree’s remains, the Sierra Leone Police have been instructed to secure the logs and snags until they can be safely transported to the National Museum by the Monument and Relics Commission. This collaborative effort aims to uphold the cultural significance of the Freetown Cotton Tree for generations to come.

In light of this unfortunate incident, the government remains committed to promoting and safeguarding Sierra Leone’s rich cultural heritage.

The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs noted that they will continue to work diligently to preserve other historical landmarks and promote tourism as a means of celebrating the country’s diverse heritage.