Bhutan breaks plantation record

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Date Published: June 2, 2015

At about 10 minutes to 9am, the men accomplished their task, setting the Guinness World record of planting 49,672 trees in an hour at Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu on 25 acres of land. The 100 men planted an average of eight trees a minute or 496 trees an hour to beat the Guinness World Record of most trees planted in an hour (team). Bhutan not only managed to beat the previous record of 40,885 trees in an hour in Assam, India, but also set a new record. The motto of the record, according to the organiser, is, “Lets begin a greener Bhutan.”

The event was organised by Bhutan Eco-Green Initiative Network (BEGIN), an environment conservation project under Peoples Initiative in Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary (PICSA), together with the ministry of agriculture and forests. The 100 volunteers, comprising desuups, civil servants, students, and corporate and private employees, planted five indigenous species of trees at Kuenselphodrang. The ministry provided the saplings.

PICSA was formed under Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck as the royal patron to supplement the government’s initiatives for the 60th birth anniversary celebrations of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

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