October 30, 2012
Live to Love, an international humanitarian initiative, led Ladakh in creating history by breaking a world record for "Most Trees Planted Simultaneously". In less than one hour, 99,103 Ladakhi willow saplings were planted by 9,814 volunteers near the world-famous Hemis monastery in Ladakh.
from Guinness World Records (UK) adjudicated the attempt and made the announcement confirming the success of the attempt.
Live to Love led Ladakh in breaking the record set by
where 66,000 trees were planted within an hour in
. The new record almost doubled its earlier successful attempt set in
, with 9,033 volunteers planting 50,033 saplings.
His Holiness the Gyalwang Drupka personally joined the record breaking attempt to encourage participants from all over Ladakh and many others who had travelled from
the United States
. Speaking on the achievement, His Holiness said, "
Ladakh has made India proud. They have proved that nothing is impossible by achieving this feat in the extremely harsh climatic and ground situation. They have set an example for the entire world, and we hope that increasingly more countries and organisations will come forward to break our record. We welcome the entire world to join us in creating a sustainable environment
Having travelled from
to adjudicate the attempt,
The whole event was simply inspiring. Thousands of people braved the inclement weather and worked in complete tandem to attain this goal. It was so exciting that I was almost compelled to cross side and become an active participant from a passive watcher
The plantation drive was performed over an area of about 60 acres. Volunteers sat with shovels at the spot marked for them, ready to dig a pit and plant a sapling as soon as the countdown ended. Ladakhi willow saplings were planted by stem grafting with roots to grow in this time of the year.