Green Legacy

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Green Legacy Hiroshima is a volunteer initiative, 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.


- 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

  • Tver Botanical Garden, Russia

August 2014: The Botanical Garden of Tver State University hosted the Day of Open Heart on August 6, 2014. A first sapling of a Ginkgo tree, grown from seeds delivered from Hiroshima in June 2013, was planted by a 12-year-old. A memorial ceremony for victims of the tragedy of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima was also held.  The Botanical Garden website states: ‘We are confident that our objectives and activities of the International Competition "Adopt a Tree!” miraculously coincide with the meaning of the "Green Legacy Hiroshima." We have a common world and we should love it! Save this world and preserve life on our planet, we can make it happen all together!

Media coverage below: English) Russian)

  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva, Switzerland

August 2014: One year from the planting ceremony on Aug. 6, 2013.  The ginkgo tree has many green leaves and looks happy under the sun!


  • Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile

August 2014: Mr. Vincente Pinto, ex-counselor of Embassy of Chile in Japan, visited the botanical garden of Universidad Austral de Chile. Saplings are growing in good health.  Mr. Pinto describes: ‘Ginkgos bilobas were the first to share their beauty and are now strong with buds, waiting their second vigorous sprouting ... one among all is announcing that green spring will come soon ... Cinnamomun camphors are so  generous, just as their parents, full of leaves and growing strongly ... Ilex rotunda were the last to wake up from their sleepy dream to Valdivia and are now just starting to show their first shiny leaves ...’ GLH Chile partners have started thinking about possible sites for planting the saplings.


  • Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences (YES) of the Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

July 2014: Saplings are growing well and will be replanted in the courtyard of the Institute in the near future.



  • Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

June 28, 2014: Mayor of Sarajevo, Dr. Ivo Komšić, and chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, Mr. Yasuyoshi Komizo, planting a sapling, descendant of an A-bomb survivor Gingko tree. The planting, at Sarajevo's Friendship Park, marked the 100th anniversary of the start of tragic WWI.

 - Asahi Shimbun 25 July, 2014 (in Japanese)


  • Brescia, Italy

July 2014: GLH was introduced in an Italian magazine “Gardenia,” August issue:(PDF)

'Remembering Hiroshima – Seeds of Peace from A-bombed trees (translated from the Italian) - They are called “Seeds of Peace” and are from 170 trees that survived the 6 August 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima.  Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative collects the seeds in the autumn and distribute them worldwide to those who make a request.  In Italy, the seeds have arrived at San Giuliano di Susa and in Lampedusa.'


  • Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), Beppu City, Japan

June, 2014: The Cherry tree, planted on the campus of APU on October 24., 2013, is growing in good health, beside the commemorative plaque.


  • Haragama Kindergarten in Soma City, Fukushima, Japan

June 2014: Saplings of Ginkgo and Chinese parasol planted in December 2012 growing well.


Link to Summer 2014 GetHiroshima Magazine


  • Nichia Gakuin, Argentina

June 29: A leafless Ginkgo sapling (it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere!) was presented to priests and parishioners at San Martin´s Cathedral, City of San Martin, Province of Buenos Aires.


  • Avon, Massachusetts, USA

June 29: Article in the Boston Globe describes the journey of Hiroshima Gingko saplings to the City of Avon and Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum.



For more information, please contact Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative 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.