GLH partners around the world
San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) in California, and the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) in Northern Ireland
We are delighted that the SDBG and CAFRE have accepted to become GLH regional hubs. We hope their help will facilitate the sharing of A-bombed tree seeds with more partners in the US and UK.
In July 2021, we marked the 10th anniversary of Green Legacy Hiroshima, a milestone worth celebrating. The short video below created by Yuko Baba, hopefully captures some of the highlights and beautiful partnerships of this past decade.
Thanks to Mr. Chris Moore and the UNITAR Hiroshima Office, we are excited to share two videos focusing on GLH and A-bombed buildings and trees, made for the 2021 Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Training Programme. Held on March 2021 online, it aimed to provide a deeper understanding of what happened in Hiroshima and the subsequent sacrifices and efforts of the citizens and the local government.
Partners in Profile July 2021 Entry features Dr. Tetsuya Sera, Director of the Hiroshima Botanical Garden, and Dr. Shuichi Hamatani, Assistant Director of Management Section, Hiroshima Botanical Garden
Partners in Profile March 2021 Entry features David Dowd, Senior Lecturer at College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise, the United Kingdom
The Afghan Fellowship Legacy Projects (AFLP):
Botanical Gardens Network (BGNet) page was born. Please click the below logo and find the detail.
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Midpoint Planting Ceremony
See here for 2021-2022 Hibaku second-generation seeds availability for dispatch.
Valencia City Council - July 2021
Valencia City Council has joined our GLH family. The seeds will be germinated by the València Botanical Garden and the trees will be planted in various gardens in the city along with a commemorative plaque.
Leiden Botanical Garden - August 2021
GLH Partner in the Netherlands, Dr. Rinny Kooi has shared two updates — about the Japanese Hackberry (Celtis) at the Protestant women's monastery in Switzerland, and the Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) in Blekers Park in Leiden. Both are doing very well indeed. Dr. Kooi also sent us the beautiful message below, which we share with GLH family:
"Best Friends in Hiroshima
August 6 is indeed a very important date. To never forget. I am very happy to involved in GLH as a biologist! It is perhaps my most important volunteer work. I feel very closely involved with you, with this group of friends. In this world where more and more countries want nuclear bombs, your message of peace is very important."
UBC Botanical Garden - May 2021
We welcomed UBC Botanical Garden as a new GLH partner. UBC is planning to plant trees in three locations once these saplings mature — one will be the Sea to Sky Retreat Centre near Whistler and will be included in the landscape for a new library/shrine room building planned for the remote old-growth rainforest location. It will be linked conceptually to the group’s earlier project to install the Peace Vases Project at various world locations: http://peacevaseproject.org/
We look forward to learning more of their work.
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) - May 2021
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament UK, an organization campaigning for a world without nuclear weapons, has joined our GLH family. They will offer the Hibaku-jumoku Camelia seeds to their local branches located across the UK. We are happy to contribute to their tireless anti-nuclear weapons’ work.he Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament UK, an organization campaigning for a world without nuclear weapons, has joined our GLH family. They will offer the Hibaku-jumoku Camelia seeds to their local branches located across the UK. We are happy to contribute to their tireless anti-nuclear weapons’ work.
State Arboretum of Virginia - April 2021
Ginkgo seeds of Hibaku-Jumoku started a new home at the State Arboretum of Virginia, well known for its ginkgos, including a grove of over 300 individuals attracting visitors to a large geographic area to see the foliage. The institute has a history of focusing on using radiation to mutate plants to create new agricultural varieties. The Hiroshima trees will be planted on the former site of the radiation pit at the facility and will convey Hiroshima's A-bombed experience as well as the history of the institution.
Tibet Center Austria - July 2021
The Tibet center kindly send the latest photo of the ginkgo sapling with Lama Geshe Ten Dhar and the new plaque. The sapling is growing well under the good care in spite of recent extreme weather.
Australian National University - November 2020
Beginning of summer in Australia, and the little Hiroshima Ginkgo on the grounds of ANU looks very happy indeed
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 - November 2020
GLH Seed-picking 2020 (See a short video here)
On November 14th the GLH team and partners gathered under the Kurogane holly tree at Hiroshima Castle, for one of our precious annual seed-picking events. This year, due to the COVID-19 situation, it was perforce a smaller group/event compared to previous years. Still, the gathering was a peaceful moment for all, and we felt overwhelmed by the generosity of the Hibaku-jumoku.
Two weeks later, and based on the request from Shukkeien Garden, only three members — our coordinator Nassrine Azimi, Master Gardener Chikara Horiguchi, and Yuko Baba of GLH secretariat — could conduct seed picking at Shukkeien Garden on December 1st. Though almost all the leaves of the majestic Ginkgo biloba had fallen, we found that the seeds had not yet rotted, and instead were sleeping under a carpet of golden leaves. We happily collected nearly 1,000 seeds in total — how generous these trees are!
We would like to thank the trees and our master gardener, and all gardeners, who take care of them. We hope to continue this important mission, and these wonderful seed-picking gatherings, well into the future.