Zálúčí near Blatnička
In 2015, around 65 hectares of arable land was restored to traditional landscape which disappeared during collectivisation period. Project was initiated by a landowner and farmer with the engagement of the public. Unique Orchard of Lovers was planted by couples in love, who adopted their own cherry tree. In addition to the significant environmental benefits, a landscape attractive for people has been created.
What Is the Project About
The uniform monocultural landscape, consequence of forced collectivization of agriculture in the last century, was divided into land blocks smaller than 10 hectares. The aim of the restoration of the natural landscape structure was to increase the overall ecological stability and biodiversity. The area is now characterised by a varied mix of farming methods - arable land, undemanding extensive orchards, fruit tree alleys with shrubs, grassed strips with various plant species, meadows and fallow fields. There are also organic production orchards in part of the area. The division into smaller land blocks improved the permeability of the landscape, reduced water and wind erosion and improved adaptation to drought and torrential rains.
Innovative Elements of the Project
Large scale restoration project was run by farmer and co-financed through the farmer's resources, donations, volunteer work and partly agricultural subsidies and subsidy programme for the restoration of natural functions of the landscape administrated by the Ministry of the Environment. The planting of trees by children is of educational significance. The project inspired many landowners and representatives of municipalities, who run similar landscape restoration projects. Gained experiences are shared through the programme Living Soil.
Download brochure (page 26-27).
How Can You Support the Project?
We have launched a crowdfunding campaign to build new gene pool orchards. You can send any financial contribution.
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