On Wednesday 22 March, National Tree Celebration Day will be held in the Netherlands for the 60th time. This year’s theme is: ‘trees connect’. The Limburg capital Maastricht is also participating.
The theme has been chosen because this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty that established the European Union.
Former Minister of Finance and co-signatory to the Maastricht Treaty Wim Kok and ambassadors of the 28 European Member States will be planting special ‘Treaty Trees’ to mark the anniversary.
The first Tree Celebration Day was organised in 1957 as a response to the call of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld to plant trees with and for the new generation. This call, and the resulting foundation of Tree Celebration Day, was in fact the very first measure for a better climate and has now led to the planting of more than 10 million trees.