On the occasion of the International Day of Educating Cities, on November 30th, the city of Sant Feliu de Llobregat, member city of Mayors for Peace and also member of the executive committee of the Catalan Chapter of Mayors for Peace, organized an event titled “planting the tree of hope” in a local school “Aula Sant Feliu.” The participants joined an origami workshop and observed a planting ceremony in which a second generation A-bombed Ginkgo biloba from Hiroshima was planted in the school’s courtyard.
The gingko was one of the trees that had been grown in “Viver de Bell-lloc,” a nursery garden near Granollers, based on the protocol of agreement signed between Mayor Josep Mayoral as Vice-president of Mayors for Peace and Viver de Bell-lloc. It is a joint program of Mayors for Peace and the city of Granollers to utilize the trees as a symbol of peace in the hope of conveying the realities of the atomic bombings and raising public awareness for peace.
Several more seedlings of Ginkgo biloba, Diospyros kaki and Cinnamomum camphora are currently growing in the nursery garden under the care of a group of staff as part of a social program. Once these seedlings of A-bombed trees are ready, they will be delivered to other member cities to be planted in public parks or gardens.