Leh – The cold desert of Leh on Monday entered the Guinness Book of World Records after 99,013 saplings were planted at a village here in 53 minutes by 9,814 volunteers.
The mass plantation drive took place over 26 acres of land near Hemis village of Leh district. The earlier record was held by the Philippines, where 64,096 saplings were planted in 15 minutes by nearly 7,000 volunteers.
This is the second Guinness Record on plantation set by the people of Ladakh. In 2010, 50,033 saplings were planted in 33 minutes and 25 seconds by 9,313 persons on 26 kanals of land at Changa village of Leh district.
The plantation drive was organised by the Live to Love Foundation under the leadership of Gelwang Drukpa Rinpoche.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Rinpoche said the plantation drive would help conserve the environment in the Himalayas. Hundreds of monks and nuns also participated in the event.
Chief Executive Councilor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh Rigzin Spalbar and Executive Councilor for Agriculture Sonam Dorje were also present on the occasion. (TNS)
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