After 3,000 years the ancient tree continues to give his wrist and local authorities will gather to pursue the certification.The initiative belongs to the municipality of Platanias within the administrative boundaries of which are located Vouves and implemented in collaboration with the municipal utilities under the auspices of Crete in the promotion and marketing of agricultural products.
As stated in the announcement, “the program includes olive harvesting the olives in a traditional way (by hand). Followed certification of produced olives and olive oil from an accredited institution.
The olive Vouves surpasses in age 3,000 years, trunk has a circumference of 12.5 meters, a diameter of 4.6 meters and belongs to the local variety Tsounati grafted at a height of 3 meters on a wild olive. In 1990, by unanimous decision of the County Council of the olive Chania Vouves declared a monument of exceptional importance of nature. Next to the ancient olive tree is another impressive and quite old olive tree, having a particular value on it because there are three varieties of olives: The Kalamata, the Tsounati and Koroneiki olives. In the adjacent field work and the olive museum which houses artifacts from the tools of traditional olive harvesting in Crete before the mechanization of production and culture from antiquity to the mid 20th century. With a wreath of olive branches of Vouves crowned, by decision of the organizing committee, the winner of the marathon at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, as the one winner, 2008 in Beijing, while at the same branch of olive accompanied the Olympic team of Greece in the parade of the Olympic Games in London.In addition to worldwide recognition as a monument of nature, olive Vouves and has joined the list of nine protected monumental olive trees in Crete by the Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities (SEDIK).