A joint initiative with ANT-Hiroshima
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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Hiroshima seeds available for partners in 2012-2013 planting seasons are Jujube, Fern palm, Hackberry, Ginkgo, Kurogane holly, Bead tree, and Camphor.
(Kurogane holly seeds being collected on 3 February 2013, photo below)
(Eucalyptus, photo below)
(Ginkgo and Japanese hackberry seeds being collected on 21 October 2012, photo below)
On 17-18 May 2013 Rotary Global Peace Forum Hiroshima, “Peace begins with you”, was held in Hiroshima. GLH Co-Founders Tomoko Watanabe and Nassrine Azimi, both gave their presentations, with the title each “Peace activities as global citizen” and “Hiroshima’s many legacies”, respectively. In commemoration of the new relationship between Rotary International and GLHI, Ginkgo saplings of Hiroshima A-bombed trees were presented to Mr. Sakuji Tanaka, President of Rotary International. It is planned to plant the trees on the grounds of the headquarters of Rotary International in Evanston. 5 saplings of Ginkgo biloba, 5 saplings of Camphor, and 3 advetitious buds of Japanese fern palm were also presented to Rotary Club of Honolulu, where the prior peace forum was held.
In the afternoon of 18 May, GLH team also gave an A-bombed tree tour to some of the forum participants.
- We have learned through UNITAR's Sabbahuddin Sokout-san that thanks toGLH partners in Afghanistan led by Dr. Naseri of the Agha Khan Foundation, trees are doing well: herewith the sturdy and visibly thriving Hiroshima Gingko biloba saplings in Kabul!
- On Saturday 27 April, 2013 Sally Fegan-Wyles, Executive Director of UNITAR, accompanied by the Green Legacy Hiroshima team, visited some of the survivor trees. Mr. Yasuyoshi Komizo, Chairperson of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation and Mr. Akio Nishikiori, President of the Hiroshima Architects Association - both members of the Green Legacy Hiroshima Working Group -- joined the tour on a beautiful sunny day. The visit took the group to the memorial of Dr. Marcel Junod, head of the ICRC delegation at the time of the atomic bombing, and a well-loved, renowned figure in Hiroshima. For this occasion, a second-generation Gingko biloba sapling, destined to be planted on the ICRC grounds at its headquarters in Geneva, was handed over to the UNITAR delegation. Thanks to Sally and Alex Mejia, the sapling has now arrived safely in the hands of the gardeners at ICRC headquarters, and will be planted this year in a special ceremony marking 6 August.
- On 18 April a group of 5th grade children, from the Osaka YMCA International School, visited the survivor trees on Hiroshima Peace Avenue as part of their study trip, to prepare for a presentation on peace activities. The children dazzled the GLH team with their strong preparation and clever questions - next time we shall better prepare for these serious investigators! We wish the children luck in completing their exceptional project and in spreading the green, generous message of Hiroshima's trees.
- "Hiroshima plants at Botanic Garden of Irkutsk State University became a great attraction and striking object for many visitors. Visitors like to take photos of the Hiroshima plants and to have their photos with Hiroshima plants. Both Hiroshima plants and Japanese Garden are perfect story tellers for students and visitors at the Botanic Garden." Dr. Victor Kuzevanov, Director, Botanic Garden of Irkutsk State University April 2013
- Photos of the healthy 'babies' planted and cared for by the students and staff of Tembusu College at National University of Singapore. Seeds planted on two different dates-hence the two differing sizes. April 2013
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.