Gifting of GLH Ginkgo Tree. Nara Peace Park

Recap moments from GLH Ginkgo tree gifting ceremony

The Australian National University in conjunction with ACT Government organised gifting and planting of a second generation A-Bombed Ginkgo tree (Ginkgo Biloba) at the Canberra Nara Peace Park for the 75th anniversary.

The tree, grown by seed presented by Green Legacy Hiroshima to the Australian National University and gifted to the ACT Government, is a descendant of a Ginkgo tree that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6th August 1945.

The hosts included Paul Duldig, ANU Chief Operating Officer,  Minister Akihiko Sunami, Deputy Chief of Mission/Political Minister and Economic Minister, Embassy of Japan, Jim Corrigan, Deputy Director General, City Services, Transport Canberra and City Services

Background

The Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH) Initiative is a global volunteer campaign, aiming to disseminate the universal message of trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Created in 2011 by two friends, Nassrine Azimi and Tomoko Watanabe, GLH shares worldwide the double message of caution and hope that the unique survivor trees of Hiroshima (and ultimately Nagasaki) represent, recalling on the one hand the dangers of arms of mass destruction and nuclear weapons in particular, and on the other hand the sacred character of mankind and the resilience of nature.