Day of the Tree marked with awarding of Dekret Prize

On July 12, about 10,000 people came to the Foresters’ Open-air Museum in Vydrovská dolina, near the village of Čierny Balog, to celebrate the Day of the Tree, a holiday for all forest lovers.

On July 12, about 10,000 people came to the Foresters’ Open-air Museum in Vydrovská dolina, near the village of Čierny Balog, to celebrate the Day of the Tree, a holiday for all forest lovers.

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič attended the ceremony to praise the work of those who preserve forests for future generations.

Forty-one percent of Slovakia is covered with forest, ranking it among the most wooded countries in Europe.

The event’s biggest draw was folk singer Ján Ambróz, Roma musicians Cigánski diabli and the folk dance group Lúčnica. It also featured a reenactment of when Emperor Franz Josef came to the valley to settle his debt with a forester.

Time was also reserved for the awarding of the Dekret Prize for preserving forests. It is named after Jozef Dekret Matejovie, one of the most important European foresters.

The Day of Trees dates back to 2002. SITA, TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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