UNIS Hanoi Tree Nursery in Action

The UNIS Hanoi Tree Nursery Service Learning Group has been gathering seeds and growing young trees for the past two years. We currently have 20 varieties of mostly indigenous species, totaling about 175 young saplings, thriving in our nursery, beside the tennis courts. The purpose of our SL group is to grow trees to gift to schools and non-profit groups in Vietnam.

Our first trees made their way to the Hanoi Academy just before trip week. A group of administrators, teachers and students greeted us and jumped in enthusiastically to plant three trees at the front of their school. Twenty more trees will be sent over in the next couple of weeks.

We were happy to share this valuable resource with our neighbours and are currently looking for urban and rural Vietnamese schools that might not be able to afford to plant trees in on their grounds. Our group of high school students has inventoried our selection of trees and prepared a brochure of the species available. If you know of any school or community centers that might want trees, please contact David Buckner at dbuckner@unishanoi.org

Here is an excerpt from a recent blog that David wrote on the wisdom of trees:

"Trees create shade, break up the drops of rain with their foliage, loosen and fertilize the soil so that the climate is ameliorated and the rain soaks into the earth. By their existence, they improve their environment and provide nourishment and clean air for their neighboring species. By the act of planting trees, we make a statement shared by an increasing group of activists around the world; people who make a difference by their work. But we also join a lot of common people who can see without being told the difference a tree can make. A tree is a powerful, and a wise, being with far more purity of purpose than most of us. The trees’ own plan for regeneration by seed and sucker, has unfortunately been so weakened that we must help to ensure there are enough of them to carry on their mandate in the world. Let’s give them a hand."


  • United Nations International School of Hanoi
  • G9 Ciputra
  • Tay Ho
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
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