Bhutan sets new world record

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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.

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