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
Status of 2014-15 Seed Collection
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)
Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
September 2015: Ginkgo seedlings grown at Schwäbisch Gmünd delivered to the twin cities of Aalen. Information sheet about A-bombed trees (See PDF) was made and attached to seedlings too.
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.
Schwabisch Gmund, Germany
August 2015: Mr. Wolfgang Schlupp-Hauck visited Hiroshima and the A-bombed trees (below left with GLH master gardener Chikara Horiguchi) and reported on numerous developments so far, as well as the potting and consecration of the Ginkgo seeds at a special peace ceremony (below right).
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
Oberlin College, Ohio, USA
July 2015: Ginkgo seeds dispatched, received and been planted.
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.
Westgate Baptist Church, UK
April 2015:Ginkgo seeds delivered in November 2014, have started germinating.
Universidad Austral de Chile
April 2015: Saplings are in good health.Volunteers helping with plant care and preparing activities of A-bomb commemoration in August.
James Allen’s Girls’ School
April, 2015: Some of the Gingko seeds are starting to grow small shoots (8 so far), Jujube and Kurogane holly not yet.
Yoav Daniel Bar-Ness
Interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart (in English, mp3, 1.9 MB)
Château de Vaulx, France
April, 2015: Saplings are in excellent health.
Bourbon Co., Ltd, Kashiwazaki, Niigata, Japan
On April 10, 2015, in commemoration of the opening of New Main Office building, a Ginkgo sapling was planted at the company courtyard.
Camphor sapling in Cambodia
On March 6, 2015, a camphor sapling was presented to the Ministry of Education , Youth and Sport, Kingdom of Cambodia
- Yomiuri shimbun (17 April 2015, in Japanese, PDF, 259 KB)
James Allen’s Girls’ School, UK
March, 2015: Seeds of Ginkgo, Jujube, and Kurogane holly delivered.
Southend High School for Boys, UK
March, 2015: Seeds of Ginkgo delivered.
GLH 15th WG meeting (27 February, 2015)
Report of the meeting (PDF, 181 KB)
Several kinds of seeds were delivered to two nurseries. Jujube seeds to be grown at Cillarese Park in Brindisi; Jujube, Ginkgo, and Camphor seeds at three parks & gardens in Milano City.
In the course of education program at Hakushima elementary school, with the efforts of children, two Camphor saplings were delivered to two institutions:
1) Kompong Speu Provincial Teacher Training Center: On Feb. 26, 2015, the sapling planted in the pot with soil. Ms. Junko Shimazu of UNITAR Hiroshima office, joined the ceremony on behalf of GLH.
2) Ministry of Education , Youth and Sport,Kingdom of Cambodia: Presentation ceremony held in March.
Argentina Buenos Aires Botanical Garden
February 2015: Mr. Komizo, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, visited the Japanese Garden in Buenos Aires. Persimmon saplings growing well.
83rd UNITAR Public Session: Green Legacy Hiroshima – A Heritage for the Future
25 February 2015, Hiroshima, Japan - Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH), co-founded as a voluntary initiative in July 2011 and institutionally supported by UNITAR, ANT-Hiroshima, as well as other local institutions, has the objective to safeguard and spread worldwide the seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-bomb survivor trees. It now has established partnerships in more than 25 countries.
In December 2014, GLH was registered as a Future Heritage Project (Mirai-Isan) by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan. The UNITAR Public Session will therefore be dedicated to a special award ceremony, marking this nomination.
Date/Time Friday, March 6, 2015 18:30-20:15
Location Hiroshima International Conference Center B2 Conference Room “RAN”
Language The session will be held in Japanese, English translation is available during Q&A.
Registration Please register by e-mail to email@example.com, or by telephone (082-511-2424) or fax. (082-211-0511)
Registration fee No registration fees required
Flyer of the event (Japanese and English, PDF, 491 KB)
Article by YD Bar-Ness on Hibaku trees (PDF, 2 MB)
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