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Green Legacy Hiroshima has been established to safeguard and spread worldwide the seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-Bomb survivor trees.  It is hoped that many partners will join this initiative and become active ambassadors in their countries of Hiroshima, its peace message and its green legacy.


Green Legacy Hiroshima receives 2014 award from the Hiroshima Peace Creative Fund

4 March 2014, Hiroshima, Japan - Green Legacy Hiroshima, the global Initiative supported by UNITAR, the NGO ANT-Hiroshima and a host of local and global partners, which was co-founded by UNITAR's senior advisor Nassrine Azimi and ANT executive director Tomoko Watanabe, has won the prize awarded by the Hiroshima Peace Creative Fund. The award ceremony took place in Hiroshima on 3 March 2014.
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Since 1994, when Hiroshima hosted the Asian Games, many groups and individuals have developed international exchanges to encourage mutual understanding and long-lasting friendships.

The prize started as part of the activities of the Hiroshima International Culture Foundation in 1998, and was succeeded since 2012 by the Hiroshima Peace Creative Fund.  Two other groups - the Hiroshima Volunteer Interpreters and SALAM, a women's group assisting Palestinian counterparts, also won awards.
Related link: Chugoku Shimbun newspaper coverage (in Japanese)

- Status of 2013-14 Seed Collection -

On Nov. 15, 2013, seed collection for the Persimmon and Japanese hackberry survivor trees took place at Atago Pond, with the attendance of some of UNITAR Afghan Fellowship participants. Seeds of Kurogane holly at Hiroshima Castle, and Camphor at Motomachi area were also collected on the same day.


The seed picking for the Ginkgo biloba survivor tree took place at Hiroshima's historical Shukkeien Garden on Oct. 26. About 15 people -- Green Legacy Hiroshima members and family, gathered for the annual activity.

List of 2013-2014 available species 

Latest News

  • Tembusu College at National University of Singapore

To mark Earth Day, on 22 April 2014 in a ceremony to be held at Tembusu College, National University of Singapore, a young Cinnamomum camphor sapling, descendent of a survivor camphor tree in Hiroshima, will be planted.

  • Vilnius University Botanical Garden

April--Ginkgo seeds have arrived safely in Vilnius, and were planted in pots. The botanists will initially keep them in the greenhouse, and after germination will plant them outdoors. The Botanical Garden has a Japanese garden open to the public, and the mature Ginkgo will be planted close to the entrance in the future.

  • ICRC

April--Updates from Mr. Patrick Bailo, the ICRC gardener --'Good morning from Geneva. Our little Hiroshima Gingko has woken up! Compared to the ancient trees around her she took her time, but we can see little leaves showing their noses! .....

  • Avon, Massachusetts, USA

On April 6, Ginkgo biloba saplings were taken to the Town of Avon, Massachusetts, thanks to the cooperation of our co-founder’s brother. Saplings were directly handed to Mr. Michel McCue, Town Administrator, who has entrusted them to Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum for care and until they are mature for planting. They will be planted at different symbolic sites in Massachusetts throughout the coming year.


  • Hamline University, USA

March--Seeds of Ginkgo biloba, Celtis sinensis var. japanica, Diospyros Kaki, Ziziphus Jujuba and Ilex rotunda were delivered this year again to Hamline University. The seeds will be planted and nurtured under the care of students of Avalon School with the help of Ms. Jo Sullivan.


  • Italy

On March 28, seeds of Kurogane holly and Jujube were delivered to the NGO, World Without War and Violence, in Brescia, Italy.  They will be cared for by the nurserymen, and when mature, the Kurogane holly will be planted at San Giuliano di Susa and the Jujube on Lampedusa Island.


  • Slovenia March 9, 2014

Hiroshima trees are growing happily in the Ljubljana Botanical Garden (also a teaching garden for Ljubljana University). Planting ceremony is envisaged this year, most probably at time of official opening of new building of Faculty of Chemistry of Ljubljana University in autumn.


  • The Institute for Global Initiatives at Kennesaw University, USA

On 21 March 2014, marking the Spring Equinox during its 'Year of Japan Conference', the Institute for Global Initiatives at Kennesaw University in Georgia, USA held a ceremony to plant three Hiroshima survivor Gingko trees.  For more information:


  •  Colombia, Universidad Icesi 

On 27 Feb., 2014, a 2nd generation Camphor of Hiroshima A-bombed tree was planted at the Eafit University new campus in the city of Medellin with more than 100 people participating in the ceremony. There was attendance from the university community as well as participants of the Third National Congress of the Colombia International Studies Association (Redintercol) .


  •   Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

On 25 Feb., 2014, Ginkgo seeds were delivered to Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany - to the 2020 Vision Campaigner of Mayors for Peace. There will be a gardening show this year and when the saplings are strong enough, they will be presented to their twin cities and other German Mayors for Peace.


For more information, please contact Green Legacy Hiroshima Co-Founders/Coordinators

Green Legacy Hiroshima tree database researched and prepared by Nassrine Azimi, Naoko Koizumi, Senkuu and ANT-Hiroshima staff. Logo designed and gifted by Atsushi Seo.