What better way to kick off our Trees for Peace activities than to plant some trees…
Each year on the 12th of March the Chinese show that they value trees by planting trees all over the country. Most Chinese have memories of doing this as school children. Also Chinese companies organize tree planting activities for their employees.
To celebrate the Tree Planting Festival we took a weekend road trip, through tunnel and on bridge to Chong Ming Island. It is actually part of the Shanghai region, an island in the Yangtze river. This island is known for its organic vegetables, oranges and bikes. For us a place to feel at home. I missed the black and white cows, but the first day I did excitedly call out that the place looks like Friesland (my native province in the North of the Netherlands). The second day it was more like Zeeland, with a pretty hard cold breeze.
Our main destination was Dong Tan Wetland Park. Newly built three years ago, this is a place where birds have been breeding for a long time and there are even still 20 Chinese alligators.
On Saturday we got a chance to already inspect the place where we could plant two trees. For us there is the idea that these trees will outlive us :-), so we’d better find them a good place. We were it a bit worried that there would not be a lot of work left for us to do, with all this good preparation of the tree planting support team.
But… no worries. We got to dig.
|Erik's Tree (2013-03-10)|
Erik's First Tree - a Bald Cedar, planted on 10 March 2013.
|Jonatan's First Tree (2013-03-10)|
Jonatan's First Tree, a Bald Cedar, planted on 10 March 2013.
105 Trees planted in 2014 as part of the Million Trees Project by Roots & Shoots Shanghai. The farewell gifts from our friends in Shanghai helped to sponsor the plantation and care for these trees throughout their lifetime. Read more on www.mtpchina.org
Tongliao, Nei Mongol, China