Representatives from 15 countries planted trees at the site of this year's Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany.
Representatives from 15 countries planted trees at the site of this year's Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany. The trees, planed in the Olympic Grove on Monday (April 10), were typical of their country of origin, and chosen also for their ability to adapt to their new environment.
Prince Alexander de Merode, Belgium's representative to the International Olympic Committee(IOC), planted a black poplar. Doctor Giorgio de Stefani, Italy's IOC member, installed a maple tree, and Mr Sandy Duncan an English committee member, planted an oak. Other trees came from Turkey, Rumania, Canada, Bulgaria and other countries. The grove will eventually contain trees from all of the 126 competing nations.
After the games are over the trees will remain as a living memorial to the international spirit of the 1972 Olympics.