GLH partners around the world
Activities in Hiroshima - February 2020
GLH Field Visit with participants of the UNITAR Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Training Programme
Eighteen governmental officials from ten countries, representing mostly ministries of foreign affairs and defense and participating in the UNITAR Nuclear Disarmament Programme 2020 went on a field visit led by the GLH secretariat team Nassrine Azimi, Yuko Baba, and Jenny Xin Luan. The visit started at the Hibaku Weeping Willow, closest to the hypocenter among all hibaku-jumoku, and ended at the Hibaku Kurogane Holly at the heart of the Hiroshima Castle. The participants had many questions about how the survivor trees could silently document the history of the atomic bombing, and also preserve the legacy from the environment's perspective.
Afghan Legacy Project Botanic Garden Network - January 2020
On January 31st, the inaugural seminar for the Afghan Botanical Garden Networks, part of the Afghan Fellowship Legacy Projects (AFLP) of UNITAR, was launched at the EDEN (Emerging and Developing Economies Network) Seminar, held at Shizenkan University, Tokyo, Japan. Afghanistan's Ambassador to Japan Dr. Bashir Mohabbat and the architect Professor Hiroshi Naito spoke alongside GLH Coordinator Dr. Nassrine Azimi about Afghanistan and botanical gardens. President Monte Cassim of Shizenkan University chaired the session. We look forward to expanding this project to include many allies with interest in botanical gardens, and will be in touch with our global GLH partner botanical gardens with more details soon. See more information here: https://www.edenseminars.org/ouractivities/eden-seminar-iii.
University of North Carolina - January 2020
Our dear partner in North Carolina, Kathleen Burkinshaw who spear-headed the Green Legacy tree planting at the University of NC, Wilmington(UNCW) sends us this photo with the tree at her daughter's graduation in May 2019. The sapling is growing well and survived the 2018 Hurricane Florence, which did a lot of damage in Wilmington. Kathleen was also invited to speak at the United Nations Headquarter NYC in November about her mother, a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor. Her book on her mother, The Last Cherry Blossom, is now as an recommended education resource by the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs and was recently reviewed in the Japan Times
Dunedin Botanic Garden - January 2020
Thanks to Mr. Lee Valence we have some updates from Dunedin Botanic Garden in New Zealand: 'The Manager recently inspected the saplings, photos displayed here. They are seen located outside in their shade house, in two different sized pots. The tallest is approximately 450 mm tall and the smallest is around 200 mm tall. The weather in the shade house in the last two months has not been the most ideal, but the saplings are all still healthy and growing!'
Al Akhawayn University - January 2020
Our wonderful partner at Al Akhawayn University, Dr. El Asli and his team, in Ifrane, Morocco, has just sent updates about what the powerful seeds from Hiroshima now look like! With gratitude for the work of all the scientists and gardeners there—GLH’s first North African partners.
Activities in Hiroshima - December 2019
In early December, fifteen participants and two mentors of the UNITAR Empowering Social Entrepreneurs and Youth Leaders for Iraq Programme attended a short session on Hibaku Jumoku and GLH activities, presented by Yuko and Jenny of the GLH Secretariat team. These talented young social entrepreneurs from Iraq seemed inspired by the Hiroshima trees, and hopefully will nurture some saplings in Iraq in the future.
Activities in Hiroshima - November 2019
GLH Seed-picking 2019 (See a short video here)
Under the guidance of GLH Master Gardener Chikara Horiguchi and on a beautiful autumnal Saturday morning, 30 people gathered at the Shukkeien Garden for an annual GLH seed-picking event. This year the seed-picking team, usually composed of only GLH secretariat and committee members, was strengthened further by a number of other volunteers, notably international students from Hiroshima Shudo University and junior writers from Chukoku Newspaper. Gingko biloba seeds were picked at the Shukkeien Garden and Kurogane Holly seeds at Hiroshima Castle.
Every fall, thanks to the resilience and generosity of hibaku-jumoku, GLH can introduce more and more young people to the stories of these special trees—in the hope that the new generation will inherit the strength to stay connected, through them, with peace and with nature.
Tibet Center Austria - November 2019
The gingko sapling at Tibet Center Austria is ready for the harsh winter. Thanks to the devoted work of Michael Kosch it is now surrounded by a safety net against foraging deers and rabbits and covered by a "blanket" made from leaves as protection from the heavy snow. Thank you Michael—may it stay strong and survive the freezing temperature!
Sonoma County Peace Crane Project - September 2019
News came from Sonoma County in California - 10 of the Hibaku Gingko seeds that arrived in July have sprouted! Sonoma County Peace Crane Project is an all-volunteer community group committed to creating peace and harmony. The first picture is of the group members when they opened the seed package from Hiroshima. The third photo is from the Nuclear Remembrance Day Event on August 4th, during which the group promoted the seed for Peace project using two bonsai gingko trees from a local bonsai group. We sincerely hope the Gingko from Hiroshima grows strong into beautiful trees in Sonoma County as advocates and reminders for peace and nature.