A joint UNITAR/ANT-Hiroshima Initiative
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.
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Green Legacy Hiroshima Registered as a Future Heritage Project (Mirai-Isan) by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan
In December 2014, Green Legacy Hiroshima was registered as a Future Heritage Project (Mirai-Isan) by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan. The award is given each year to selected projects, that meet the Future Heritage requirements. The 2015 UNITAR Public Session for Green Legacy Hiroshima was therefore dedicated to a special ceremony marking this nomination. The Secretary-General of the Japan UNESCO Association, Mr. Noboru Noguchi, alongside members of the UNESCO Japan secretariat came from Tokyo for the ceremony. It was a full-house event, with the Ran conference room at the Peace Memorial International Center full to capacity. Read more
Photos (from left to right) Mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, Director General, UNESCO Associations of Japan, Noboru Noguchi
Photos (from left to right) Keynote speaker, Professor Kosaku Maeda, GLH Working Group Members with the UNESCO delegation
2015-2016 Seed collection – Ginkgo tree of Shukkeien Garden October 18, 2015
2015 Seed Collection
On December 15, Seeds of Camphor, Kurogane holly, and Persimmon were collected.
Bourbon Co., Ltd. Japan
December 2015: Ginkgo sapling ready to welcome the cold winter of Kashiwazaki-shi, Niigata, Japan.
GLH 18th Working Group Meeting (November 27, 2015)
Report of the meeting (PDF, 376KB)
Rochester, Massachusetts, USA
November 2015: Ginkgo saplings in good health. However following advice of the Arnold Arboretum, planting originally scheduled for fall 2015 postponed to spring of 2016. In addition to Rochester, the saplings will be planted at Tufts University, the Arnold Arboretum, Avon and Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.
Sarajevo City, Bosnia & Herzegovina
November 2015: Ginkgo sapling has grown 13-15cm since last year.
Yano Nishi Elementary School, Hiroshima, Japan
November 2015: Peace candle event was held alongside the Chinese parasol tree song.
Nakanoshima Elementary School, Tokushima, Japan
October 2015: 6th graders from Nakanoshima Elementary School visited Hiroshima on their school excursion and after a lecture about A-bombed trees, took back a 2nd generation Someiyoshino, to be planted in their schoolyard in December.
Radlje of Dravi City, Slovenia
October 2015: Seeds, planted in May, have germinated.
Fredrikstad City, Department of Parks, Norway
October 2015: Seeds of Ginkgo and Jujube planted by Mayor and children.
Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego
October, 2015: In a planting ceremony on October 2nd, sapling which had been delivered by Nassrine in July was planted in the garden grounds. Mr. Mike Kawamura, 2nd Vice President and originally from Hiroshima, gave a speech. The largest sapling, Camphor, is now named “Peace Tree.” Mr. Kawamura visited GLH office in Hiroshima on October 14.
Asian Health Institute, Japan
October 2015: A Chinese parasol sapling, delivered in 2012, did not survive. A new sapling was brought back to AHI by their international trainees.
Emden, Germany (report from Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany)
A Ginkgo sapling presented by Mr. Wolfgang of Schwäbisch Gmünd to the Mayor of Emden, Mr. Bernd Bornemann, at a film event in the Emder Friedenstage.
Bourbon, Co., Niigata, Japan
October 2015: Ginkgo sapling growing and losing its leaves for the winter.
- Municipality of Saint-Sulpice, Switzerland
October 2015: Ginkgo sapling delivered to the municipality of Sait-Suplice, to be planted on college grounds in the future.
- ICRC, Switzerland
October 2015: Ginkgo sapling, planted in 2013, growing in good health.
No Gun Ri City, South Korea
September 2015: Ginkgo sapling is growing, taller than 50cm.
Ypres City, Belgium
September 2015: The city had received the seeds from Mayors for Peace in May, 2012. Seedlings of Ginkgo and Camphor are growing in pots.
First 2015 seed collection: Jujube seeds collected on 18 September 2015
Kyoseian, Hiroshima, Japan
September 2015: Someiyoshino sapling growing in good health.
September 2015: Camphor sapling delivered to Kompong Speu Provincial Teacher Training Center in 2014 did not survive and a new sapling just sent.
Sapling at Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Kingdom of Cambodia, is growing in good health.
September 2015: The Afghan National Women’s Football team visited Hiroshima under the auspices of UNITAR. In their many and extensive programs they also had a lecture on GLH and a walking tour of A-bombed trees.
Oberlin College, USA
September 2015: Tomoko visited Oberlin College with saplings of Ginkgo, Wisteria, and Chinese Parasol. GLH, Shansi, and Oberlin College signed an MOU, as part of a long-term cooperation.
Local newspaper article (PDF, 2 MB)
Frogn City, Sweden
August 2015: 16 Ginkgo saplings, growing at Norwegian University of Life Sciences, are about 50cm in height.
GLH 17th WG meeting (27 August, 2015)
Report of the meeting (PDF, 106 KB)
Tver State University Botanical Garden, Russia
August 2015: For the second year, a "Day of Open Heart" was held. Another Ginkgo sapling, grown from seeds delivered in 2013, was planted in the garden with Japanese students studying Russian in Tver and Moscow.
Universidad Austral de Chile
August 2015: Held an exposition with the seedlings of Hiroshima A-bombed trees for 10 days, including a ceremony on the 6th with local authorities, members of UNESCO, INDH (National Institute of Human Rights) and Japanese Embassy at the "Casa Museo Santa Rosa de Apoquindo", in Santiago.
Radio Cooperativa (Chilean radio):
Local TV channel in Santiago:
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), Santa Barbara, CA, USA
August 2015: Mr. Rick Wayman, director of programs and operations at NAPF, visited Hiroshima. Had a tree tour with Nassrine. Reported that camellia saplings growing healthily in Santa Barbara.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College, KY, USA
August 2015: Seeds of Ginkgo and Persimmon to be sent.
Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University and Hiroshima University
August 2015: Visiting the Kurogane Holly at Hiroshima's Rai Sanyo Memorial garden, with APU Ritsumeikan and Hiroshima University peace forum participants.
City of New Haven Peace Commission, CN, USA
August 2015: One of the Ginkgo saplings, which have been grown in Rochester under the care of Mr. MaCue, has been assigned to New Haven.
Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego, USA
July 2015: Seedlings of Ginkgo, Wisteria, Chinese parasol and Camphor were delivered. Hiroshima saplings settling in their new home under watch of Japanese Friendship Garden's David Brazier
Vilnius University Botanical Garden, Lithuania
July 2015: Ginkgo biloba seedlings (grown from seeds) are growing healthily in Vilnius University Botanical garden. At the moment they are about 30 cm high and starting adaptation to Lithuanian climate (relocated for this aim into outdoor bed).
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, The Republic of South Africa
July 2015: all four species have germinated exceptionally well and are all thriving in the glasshouses at Kirstenbosch. Ilex rotunda and Cinnamomum camphora already exceed 2m in height. All four species will be planted out in the ground in a specially prepared site within Kirstenbosch this coming spring (September 2015).
City of Renens, Swizerland
July 2015: Seeds of Ginkgo tree dispatched. Receipt confirmed.
Aberdeen City Council, Scotland, UK
June 2015: Seeds of Ginkgo dispatched. Receipt confirmed.
Yano-Nishi Elementary School, Hiroshima Japan
July 2015: Somei-Yoshino sapling was planted.
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
Spring 2015: Ginkgo sapling was planted in UCLA's Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
May 24, 2015: To commemorate the creation of new A-bombed tree plaques, a special event to learn more about the trees, and to install the new plaques on each tree was held. More than 140 citizens, from elementary school children to people in their 80s’, joined the event. Mayor Matsui installed the new plaques on the Chinese parasol in Peace Memorial Park.
Batsford Arboretum, UK
May 2015: Seeds of Ginkgo tree and Kurogane holly delivered.
Concordia University, Canada
May 2015: Ginkgo seeds sent.
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.
- UNITAR Hiroshima
- ANT Hiroshima (JPN)
- Hiroshima Botanical Garden
- Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation (ENG/JPN)
- Hiroshima University (ENG/JPN)
- Green Greetings
- City of Hiroshima: A-bombed Trees (JPN)
- Survivors: The A-bombed Trees of Hiroshima (site)
- Survivors: The A-bombed Trees of Hiroshima (book)
- Hiroshima Peace Media Center