As part of the government’s “Clean UP Green UP” initiative, Uttar Pradesh Forest Department (India) successfully achieved a record for the Largest distribution of saplings, donating incredible 1,053,108 young trees to ten locations across Uttar Pradesh, India, completely free of charge.
With the help of thousands of people, all the saplings were distributed between 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM Iocal time, before being planted in the same locations.
Following the Guinness World Records guidelines, the saplings had to be small enough so that their entire root systems could be transplanted along with them, which would allow them to grow properly when replanted.
The trees also had to be a species appropriate for the chosen region of distribution.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Akhilesh Yadav said: "Today the world is realizing that serious efforts are needed to reduce carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of global climate change. We, in Uttar Pradesh, have always been aware and sensitive to this most important issue facing mankind. Our efforts to promote cycling through constructing dedicated cycle tracks, public transport like Metro, large public parks, promotion of solar energy, LEDs and afforestation all go in this direction. From this overall vision flows our effort to distribute the maximum number of saplings on one day. It would not only make a significant afforestation initiative in its own right but would also spread awareness and enthusiasm towards afforestation and environmental conservation. I assure you that efforts in this direction are going to continue as they are embedded in our overall philosophy".