Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Tree Lesson in Resilience - Majulah Singapura: Corrie Tan's Camphor now adopted and planted on the ground at the Singapore Polytechnic

A Tree Lesson in Resilience

This Camphor sapling is grown from the seed of a Hibaku Jumoku: the trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6th August 1945. Scientists from the Manhattan Project had predicted that ‘Hiroshima will be barren of life and nothing will grow for 75 years’.  But in the spring of 1946, new shoots sprang up amongst the debris of the city. This surge of life gave hope to survivors of the atomic bomb and now provides us with a powerful reminder of the resilience of life.

Germinated in the backyard of:
 Mr Tan Yew Meng in Oct 2013 
Transplanted to CASS grounds on 3 Jun 2015

Look at how beautiful they are! They are about 11 months old. 

Corrie Tan

Majulah Singapura: Siglap secondary school adopting 2 year old Marianne Pereira's camphor

Hi Hiroshi, the Botanical Gardens has got back to me and put me in touch with a environmentalist, grant Pereira who is doing a lot of good work in South East Asia. He is adopting my hibaku and planting it in a garden that is frequented by college students. Am pleased as the word will spread about the hibaku and it's resilient nature. I will take a photographe and send it to you before the hibaku leaves my corridor. I Am relieved that my hibaku will find mother earth finally as i know it was suffering in the small earthen pot.

Marianne Pereira

Spain: Blanca de la Torre’s Hibaku Sendan has bloomed

Hiroshi, one of your trees has bloomed!!!!! :) -Blanca de la Torre