Slovakia’s 10th Day of the Tree (Deň stromu) was celebrated on July 9. The public event is organised by the state-owned forestry company, Lesy SR, with the goal of building public interest in forestry and the work of foresters while also promoting the Open-Air Forestry Museum in the Vydrovská Valley near Čierny Balog.
The event showed the hard life of working foresters, offered cultural programmes and competitions, and improved visitors knowledge through walks along the museum’s educational path. Performers during the day’s events included Jana Kirschner, Mloci, Desmod, Cigánski diabli, Žiarislav & bytosti and the Mostár folk ensemble as well as actors from the Zvolen Theatre of J.G. Tajovský. As is tradition, a seedling of the Slovakia’s “Tree of the Year” was planted at the site.
Vlastimil Rezek, the spokesman for Lesy SR, told the SITA newswire that the main novelty this year was the official opening of a forest chapel that was built by the Čierny Balog branch of the state forestry company in cooperation with the Forestry and Wood Processing Museum in Zvolen.
“Part of its decoration, in addition to its ‘Altar of a Tree’, is the long-term exhibition of works by non-professional cutters with spiritual motifs. The installation called ‘Tree is the Prayer of the Earth towards Heaven’ shows, among other things, the saints who have in one way or another connected with nature, such as Saint Barbara or Saint Francis,” Rezek explained. He added that the chapel’s framework was finished last year and is a replica of the chapel in Horná Brezová, part of the village of Podkriváň in the Detva District, which is exceptional because its walls are covered by fir bark from the inside as well as from the outside.
Another new attraction was the opening of the 72nd poster on the museum’s educational path – this one dedicated to Slovakia’s mountain rescue service. The Day of the Tree is closely linked to the place where the event was first held on June 23, 2002 when the foundation stone for the Open-Air Forestry Museum was laid. The open-air museum covers 140 hectares, of which 116 hectares are forested. The educational path is currently three kilometres long with its 72 educational stops. The museum also includes the Symbolic Forestry Cemetery as well as the original Old Forest House, the visitor’s information centre and a detailed map showing the density of Slovakia’s forests.
15. Aug 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská