Hope for the Tree of Hippocrates

Japanese entrepreneur, Okana Tetsuya, wants to save ‘The Tree of Hippocrates’ on the island of Kos, which is suffering problems due to ageing. The 81 year-old businessman visited the tree on October 10, where he declared his interest in saving it from becoming a total loss.

The Tree of Hippocrates is a roughly 500 year-old oriental plane tree, thought to be descendent from the original tree that stood on the site more than 2,400 years ago. It was under that tree that Hippocrates, known as the ‘Father of Medicine’, is said to have taught his pupils.

Over the years, the main trunk has lost its internal structure and become hollow. In the past metal scaffolding has been added to offer support, but the tree’s condition has deteriorated further.