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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Symbol Mark for the Hiroshima A-bombed Trees - Design Concept
‘The inspiration for this design is the Platanus orientalis at Tenma Elementary School in Hiroshima, exposed to the Atomic blast at a distance of 1,270 meters from the hypocenter. The design intertwines the silhouette of the tree with that of the Atomic Bomb Dome, symbol of Hiroshima’s call for peace. The Dome’s black segments have merged with the blackened trunk of the damaged tree which, despite its wounds, appears to be giving life to beautiful, green new leaves. It is my hope that the design can tell the story of the revival of Hiroshima and its A-bombed trees-and spread their special message around the world.’
Atsushi SEO, Designer
Profile of designer: Atsushi Seo is creative director of the market design division of Hakuhodo advertising company in Hiroshima. He has been the winner of numerous awards, including the Asahi Award and the Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association Award.
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.
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.
Nakanoshima Elementary School, Tokushima, Japan
Someiyoshino sapling was planted in the schoolyard.
City of Granollers, Spain
In May 2012 Mayors for Peace had provided seeds to some conference participants in Vienna. The City of Granollers is one recipient of the seeds - by December 2015 around 15 seedlings (Ginkgo tree and Persimmon) growing at a private nursery there.
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