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On Wednesday, November 18, Nineteen employees from Hitachi High-Tech Group companies planted trees in the Woodlands of Hitachi High-Tech Science, which is located in the grounds of the Hitachi High-Tech Science Fuji Oyama Works (in Sunto, Shizuoka Prefecture).
In 2015, we launched a roughly 50-year project in the Woodlands of Hitachi High-Tech Science to restore a plantation of Japanese cedar and hinoki cypress to its original state of a mixed forest of conifers and the broadleaf trees indigenous to the region, and transform it into a more wildlife friendly environment. This time, we planted 100 seedlings in an area where planting still remains to be done.
We planted five species of indigenous seedlings: Japanese snowbell, mountain cherry, Japanese flowering dogwood, Japanese maple, and Japanese beautyberry. Our aim is to restore the land to something close to its original state by planting diverse trees that are indigenous to the region.
We were blessed with fine weather, and it was warm enough to make us break out in a sweat when we were digging the holes. We wore masks during the work and were careful to take measures against COVID-19. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed the friendly, communal experience of tree planting and the chance to come into contact with nature. The participants were all so engrossed in planting the seedlings that the work finished sooner than we had expected.
Going forward, we will tend the seedlings we have planted so far, and continue our action to regenerate the natural environment of the Woodlands of Hitachi High-Tech Science and protect biodiversity.
Orientation before setting to work
(Learning about the seedlings we would be planting)
Digging the hole
(To a depth of around 30 cm so that the seedling can take root)
Planting the trees
(Everyone worked with enthusiasm)
Group photo of all the participants
(Happy faces after completing our mission)