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.
Download the 2016-2017 list of available species for seed distribution (PDF, 299KB)
New seed-picking season with GLH family in Hiroshima (Camphor, Persimmon, Kurogane holly, from trees at Hiroshima Castle and on Peace Avenue).
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Introduction to Green Legacy Hiroshima video
Symbol mark for all Atomic-bombed Trees and their descendants around the world. GLH also encourages all its partners to use this symbol mark when creating plaques for their trees.
Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Little Ginkgo biloba looks frail but is actually doing very well, relieved that long drought over, California drenched in much-needed rain these days!
Hanson, Massachusetts, USA
Thanks to the wonderfully tireless GLH partner Michael McCue, the new year message of Green Legacy Hiroshima published in local newspaper.
(click on the newspaper to see a PDF version, 113 KB)
Kirstenboch Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa
Kirstenboch Botanical Garden becomes a hub of activity around first batch of seeds sent in 2012 and now grown.
(click on the news paper article to see a bigger image)
United Nations European Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland
On 3 October 2016, Gingko sapling was planted by UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, on the grounds of Ariana Park, at the UN in Geneva. GLH master-gardener Chikara Horiguchi represented us at the ceremony.
The camphor tree at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego and the Gingko at UCLA are growing firmly. GLH co-founders accompanied by Keiko Ogura, a Hiroshima survivor, visited the trees. Another Ginkgo was also taken to Pomona College in California and planted on its grounds.
World Without War and Violence, Italy.
Thanks to Tiziana Volta, the dedicated and creative GLH partner in Italy, the Forum of Peace and Nonviolence featured the work of GLH. A similar event is scheduled for 2017.
The Gingko at ICRC headquarters, growing stronger and stronger.
Saint Anselm College and Tufts University, U.S.A.
Thanks to the untiring efforts of GLH partner Mike McCue-san, Gingko saplings were planted at Saint Anselm College and on the grounds of Tufts University.
University Icesi, Columbia
The Camphor on campus now a tall and strong tree!
Vilnius University Botanical Garden, Lithuania
Saplings growing well, now about 50–60 cm high.
City of Linkoping, Sweden
Ginkgo saplings prospering.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College, U.S.A.
Though many seeds did not survive, two of the Ginkgo are persevering!
Botanical Garden of Moscow State University, Russia
Ginkgo saplings have adapted to their beautiful new home in Moscow and growing well. The Jujube and Kurogane Holly still shy….
Tokushima UNESCO Association, Japan
A team of students of Tokushima High School of Science visited Hiroshima on the 18th, were given an Aogiri sapling and also toured the mother tree, near the Museum.
Earth Caravan, Palestine
Seeds of Ginkgo, Persimmon and Jujube were dispatched by Hiroshima Botanical Garden, now germinating at the Palestine Museum of Natural History, Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability.
Yanominami Elementary School, Japan
Tomoko presented sapling of Hiroshima’s Sakura at school’s Peace Event.
Umuco Mwiza School, Rwanda
Seeds germinated and are growing well!
Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University, Beppu, Japan
Introduction to Environmental Studies greets the Hiroshima Sakura.
Campus of the Australian National University, Canberra
Ceremonial planting of a Ginkgo biloba by Chancellor Gareth Evans, Professor Ramesh Thakur and guests on 21 July.
Mick McCue-san, the dedicated friend of trees and of Green Legacy Hiroshima has been shared with activities for Hiroshima survivor trees with readers in Massachusetts.
Read the article (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego
In a short time the JFG has become a haven, in a historical park, for descendants of Hiroshima's trees. The small camphor will thus partake in the Garden's August 6 ceremonies (it now also has a beautiful plaque).
Ginkgo and Persimmon seeds have germinated and seem to be adapting to their new Austrian home.
Oberlin Shansi, U.S.A
Gingko saplings are growing well at Oberlin greenhouse.
Arnold Arboretum, U.S.A
First batch of Ginkgo saplings continue to flourish at the Arboretum. Additionally, a new set of Hiroshima seeds - Ginkgo, Kurogane holly, Camphor, Japanese hackberry and Jujube - have also just been sent by the Hiroshima Botanical Garden, and safely arrived, to be nurtured at the Arboretum.
University of North Carolina, U.S.A
A Hiroshima Gingko, raised by GLH partners Elizabeth Baldwin and Steve Leeper, was carried safely and delivered to the University of North Carolina, for a planting on 6 August.
We were told that Kabul’s weather is too dry, its altitude too high (at 1800 meters, one of the world’s highest capitals), its facilities inadequate. We had underestimated the energy and commitment of UNITAR coordinator Sokout jan, and the gardeners taking care of the Hiroshima Ginkgo, visibly flourishing. May they spread, and spread peace, across that ancient land!
The Hiroshima Ginkgo to be planted by the UN Secretary General in the fall was handed over from Mayor Matsui to Mr. Michael Moller, Director-General of the UN office at Geneva on 2 May 2016.
Cape Town, South Africa
Hiroshima’s 2nd generation persimmon, raised at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town, shared with the young.
Cillarese Park, Italy
GLH’s untiring green ambassador in Italy, Tiziana Volta, spreading the message of Hiroshima trees in Cillarese Park.
Nakanoshima Elementary School, Japan
Students made a signboard for the sapling. After their graduation, a new group of 6th graders will take care of the tree.
10 trees were planted. Mr. Mick McCue, Rochester Town Administrator continues to spread with the help of Arnold Arboretum, the Hiroshima saplings.
The Ginkgo on UCLA Campus growing in good health.
Phnom Penh and Kampong Speu, Cambodia
Camphor trees sent by Hiroshima Prefecture are growing well in Phnom Penh and Kampong Speu.
Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego
A Hiroshima camphor, offered to JFG last year and planted in October, was visited and found in excellent health. The long-term drought affecting southern California will hopefully be mild this year....
Business School students at Russia’s Moscow State University (MSU) adopt Green Legacy Hiroshima - here delivering seeds received from Hiroshima Botanical Garden, to the MSU Botanical Garden. The partnership has been spearheaded by former UNITAR staff, MSU’s Professor Sergei Shaposhnikov.
UN Secretary-General to plant Hiroshima saplings!
The Hiroshima Ginkgo to be planted by the UN Secretary General in the Fall is currently being nurtured by GLH partners in Vaulx, France and will be heading to Geneva soon.
Ginkgo sapling offered to ICRC in Geneva has visibly survived the Swiss winter!
GLH held an A-Bombed Tree study session for City staff and citizens.
A first-ever, the training was led by the Hiroshima City and ANT, and held on 19 March, with more than 130 participants attending. It included lectures by GLH master gardener Chikara Horiguchi and Tsukuba University’s Masakazu Suzuki.
City of Montreal, Canada
Seeds have germinated and saplings grown to around 15cm.
Australian National University, Australia
Seeds sent by GLH last year have germinated.
Volgograd City, Russia
Seeds germinated and saplings grown to 10~14cm.
GLH 19th Working Group Meeting (February 17, 2013)
Report of the meeting (PDF, 235KB)
Rotary Club members (Ms. Seki and Mr. Kawatsuma) presented the story of Green Legacy in a speech at a major Rotary Meeting held in Ontario, California, and planted a Camellia sapling on the grounds of the local Japanese garden.
11 Ginkgo saplings are growing at the Botanical School Garden, now between 17 and 23 cm tall.
City of Edinburgh, UK
Some 14 Ginkgo saplings growing at the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh, now 10-15cm tall.
Fremantle City, Australia
Seeds of Ginkgo have germinated, and the 12 saplings are now 30~40cm tall.
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