Thimphu: On March 6, at 10 am, 108,000 seedlings was planted in all 20 Dzongkhags and 205 geogs to celebrate the Birth of His Royal Highness (HRH) The Gyalsey. A seedling each was planted by every household in the country which was distributed by the Department of Forests and Park Services. Besides this, a ceremonial plantation of 2000 seedlings was also carried out by Dzongkhags which was organised by the Dzongkhag Forestry Sector and Dzongkhag Administration with prayers for long life and happiness of HRH The Gyalsey.
In Thimphu, 5,108 seedlings were planted in 5 acres area at Kuenselphodrang by the volunteers, foresters, teachers, student, arm forces, elders and monks. More than 5000 turned out for the plantation which was a record for maximum participation at plantation. This indicates people’s love and dedication for the Royal Birth of The Gyalsey. The plantation of 108,000 seedlings is also a record for maximum tree seedlings planted in a day in Bhutan.
The ocassion was graced by Tsugla Lopon Rinpoche from the Zhung Dratshang, Hon’ble Prime Minster, Hon’ble Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament and Senior Officials.
Addressing the gathering, the Hon’ble Agriculture Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji said that ‘I am overwhelmed to share that about 90,000 to 100,00 Bhutanese in 1300 villages, 205 geogs and 20 Dzongkhags are holding today a delicate sapling to plant with prayers for the well being of HRH The Gyalsey’. He added that these trees may grow up to remind all of us about the unassailable and sacred bond between the people of Bhutan and the benevolent Dragon Kings and the prayers and wishes of the people for health, happiness and well being of HRH The Gyalsey.
The tendrel plantation was organised by Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and the Tendrel Initiative Office as a tribute to HRH The Gyalsey.
Submitted by Social Forestry Extension Division with photos by Choidup Zangpo, ICS
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