Bhutan sets new world record
Bhutan sets Guinness World Record by planting 49,672 saplings, with 100 volunteers, within an hour. The planting was carried out in Kuenselphodrang in Thimphu on the 2nd of June 2015 coinciding with the social forestry day. In about 57 minutes, the volunteers, all civilians, had planted 50,000 saplings, in a bid to break the previous record held by the Indian State of Assam. They had planted 40,885, three years ago. Of the 50,000 saplings, 328 were not counted as they did not meet the set standard. Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, who was the Chief Guest at the event, said Bhutan has made history by living the policies, the country’s forefathers had put in place. Her Majesty had addressed the volunteers before the massive plantation had begun. Her Majesty said it is befitting that Bhutan’s very first endeavor for a world record is in enhancing the environment.