World Record success at Whiteman Park – JOINT STATEMENT
Men of the Trees’ ambitious Greening Challenge project, which was an attempt to plant 100,000 seedlings in one hour at Whiteman Park last July has paid off, with the group being awarded a Guinness World Record this month.
More than 1900 school children, teachers, volunteers, corporate groups and politicians joined Whiteman Park staff and Men of the Trees volunteers to plant the 33 hectare site on July 25.
Whiteman Park manager Steve Lowe said that while it has taken some time for the record to become official, the mammoth task was already a winner for Whiteman Park’s revegetation program.
“Thanks to this world record attempt, we put in more than three times as many seedlings as what would normally be accomplished in a normal planting season”, Mr Lowe said.
Taking out the record for ‘Most trees planted simultaneously’ is a bonus and we’re proud to have been able to work with Men of the Trees to help pull off this Guinness World Record title”.
Men of the Trees event manager Paula Galvin said the Greening Challenge was part of an inspirational drive to encourage support for its core mission, to promote an awareness of the role of trees and understorey in the environment and to engage the Perth community in a high profile, environmental and socially responsible tree planting program.
“The official number of native seedlings which were planted on the day was 100,450. It was a great achievement that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Whiteman Park and all of the corporate sponsorship that helped to get both the people and the plants there on the day,” Ms Galvin said.
Federal Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt, Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter and Minister for Planning; Culture and the Arts, John Day got their green thumbs out on the day, each contributing to the successful planting.
The World Record is a proud achievement for Men of the Trees, whose focus is on growing and promoting an awareness of the role of trees in the environment for sustainability and biodiversity.
The previous record was held by Love to Live International, who planted 99,103 seedlings in one hour in Ladakh, India, on 29 October, 2012.