Furusato Hokkaido 10-Million-Tree Planting Project
The goal of the Furusato Hokkaido 10-Million-Tree Planting Project is to help plant 10 million trees in locations all over Hokkaido over the course of 20 years.
Although we had initially intended to plant one million trees over 10 years, we stepped up tree-planting activities via the Hokkaido Aid Fund and managed to plant over 400,000 trees in one year alone in 2009. With that in mind, we extended the 10-year timeframe to 20 years, and made plans to achieve one million trees before moving on to two million and eventually 10 million.
Specific initiatives have included tree-planting activities in conjunction with towns, villages and other local authorities, and with private organizations (NPOs, volunteer groups, etc.). We have also advertised to invite people to take part in planned activities, including local tree-planting events, planting trees in parks and along streets, and providing support through the Hokkaido Aid Fund.
The lush green expanses of Hokkaido are an immeasurable source of inspiration for us. Interacting with nature helps to sooth the soul as well. By working with local people on activities such as these, we want to do our bit to promote local communication and breathe life into local communities.
Partnership Agreement with the City of Sapporo – Project to create a greener city center
On March 28, 2008, we signed a Partnership Agreement with the City of Sapporo, at a ceremony at Sapporo City Hall. The agreement pledged that we would work together on joint projects to make Sapporo a more pleasant and vibrant city and set out the following three initiatives in the field of tree-planting and environmental conservation.
- Plant cherry trees to mark the 50th anniversary of Hokkaido Sapporo Asahigaoka High School (115 Somei-Yoshino cherry trees)
- Create a greener city center (tree-planting in Soseigawa Park – completed in FY2010; tree-planting around Sapporo Station – completed in FY2011)
- Organizing an environmental summit for children (special project to coincide with the Hokkaido Toyako Summit, involving exchange between children from all over the world at Moerenuma Park)
Presentation ceremony for trees in Soseigawa Park (November 6, 2009) / Presentation ceremony for trees around Sapporo Station (March 1, 2012)
Planning to create a city center alive with greenery
Donating stone monuments to organizations assisting with tree-planting
We have donated stone monuments from the NITORI Hokkaido Aid Fund to organizations and local authorities that have assisted with tree-planting activities as a token of our gratitude.
Of the 179 municipalities in Hokkaido, 88 (49%) have set aside designated areas for planting trees. We will keep on providing support so that we can continue to expand tree planting throughout Hokkaido.
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