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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 

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  • Non Gu Ri, South Korea

September 2014: A Ginkgo sapling was planted in front of No Gun Ri Peace Memorial by Chairman of its International Peace Foundation Dr. Chung Koodo, alongside Mr. Yasuyoshi Komizo, Chairperson of Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation (Mayors for Peace).

  • Asian Health Institute, Aichi, Japan

September, 2014: A Chinese Parasol sapling, delivered in 2012, is in good health — seen below with international trainees.

  • Yano-Nishi elementary school, Hiroshima, Japan

September 2014: A Ginkgo sapling, planted in their school yard on 14 July, 2014, is growing in good health.

  • City of Fremantle, Australia

September 2014: Ginkgo seeds were dispatched in August through Mayors for Peace. Little seedlings have begun to germinate.

  • City of Semey, Kazakhstan

August 2014: A ginkgo sapling was planted on August 29, 2014 at Polkovnichiy Island, Semey, by Mr. O. Suleymenov, President of Anti-Nuclear Movement (IAM) “Nevada-Semey, and Mr. Komizo, Chairperson of Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation (Mayors for Peace)

  • 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!

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  • 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.


Link to Summer 2014 GetHiroshima Magazine

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.