Guinness World Book certificate It’s official! Officially amazing according to the certificate handed out, late in September 2015, by the Guinness Book of World Records to announce the new world record for the most trees planted in one hour by small teams at multiple locations.

The official announcement marks the success of multiple tree planting events held May 20, 2015. Organized by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), more than 200,000 trees were planted simultaneously in 28 communities across North America — from coast to coat, Qualicum Beach to New York City and a range of communities in between.

Excited by the opportunity to participate in the SFI initiative, Island Timberlands organized a tree planting event on Vancouver Island. People of all ages and backgrounds — professional tree planters, Alberni District Secondary students, community members, forestry companies and industry associations — gathered to participate in the world record attempt.

At 10:00 a.m. sharp, on Wednesday May 20, 2015, with shovels poised and seedlings in hand, the team joined more than 1,100 participants across four time zones to begin planting trees. By the time the hour was up, groups across North America had collectively planted 202,935 trees, in just one hour, to surpass the previous world record of 40,885 trees, set in April 2012.

Makenzie Leine, Manager, Community and Government Relations with Island Timberlands said, “Not only was teaming up with SFI to go for the world record an exciting endeavor, closely aligned with Island Timberlands’ and SFI’s sustainability goals, but it was also a great opportunity to share the importance of reforestation, teamwork and community spirit with local students.”

group photo of tree planting event with Island Timberlands

Group photo! Students, tree planters, community members and interested groups join Island Timberlands and the SFI initiative, May 20, 2015, to beat the world record for most trees planted in one hour by small teams at multiple locations.

A big congratulations to everyone who came out to make the event a success and the new world record a reality.

To learn more, you can check out an interview with Morgan Kennah, Sustainability Manager with Island Timberlands, on Global News.