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A couple planted more than 300,000 trees in the desert

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23:53, September 01, 2020

To improve the environment, Xu Shijun and his wife decided to plant trees at their own expense four years ago in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in China.

The couple live near a desert. At first they just wanted to improve the vegetation cover outside their house. After a period of time, the small trees grew up and the couple found that they helped prevent sand encroachment. Realizing that, they started growing trees on a large area and have planted more than 300 hectares at their own expenses. They were later invited by a non-profit organization to continue planting trees.

In 2019, Xu Shijun had his left leg amputated due to a car accident, but the couple did not give up. Now they have planted more than 300,000 trees, covering an area of about 2500 hectares. "I have to plant a forest," said Xu.

(Produced by Luo Meihui)

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