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Seeds of peace - Singapore presented with saplings from tree that survived Hiroshima

Published on Apr 22, 2014 6:54 PM

Damaged by the Hiroshima atomic bomb blasts 69 years ago, a camphor tree in the Japanese city managed to grow new shoots and produce seeds again.

Some of those seeds were grown to saplings, and two have now been planted in Singapore for the first time, as part of an international programme, the Green Legacy Hiroshima initiative, started in 2011 by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (Unitar) and the Asian Network of Trust Hiroshima (ANT-Hiroshima) to promote peace and abolish nuclear weapons.

One was planted on Tuesday afternoon at Tembusu College at the National University of Singapore's University Town.

The hip-high plant was grown from a seed and cared for over a year-and-a-half, by eight students from the residential college, who worked with staff from the Singapore Botanic Gardens to look after the seedling.

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