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The Millennium Oak-Wood comes into leaf


The village of Pelėdnagiai in Kėdainiai district has seen the planting of trees in the Millennium Oak-Wood. The first oak as a symbol of the founding of the park was planted by President Valdas Adamkus, Minister for Environment Gediminas Kazlauskas and Marius Jovaiša, author of the photography album Unseen Lithuania.  

It is on the initiative of the latter that the idea of planting 50 000 oaks in a 50-ha park with the help of the Directorate General of State Forests under the Ministry of Environment is being implemented. The funds are contributed by people who buy the album Unseen Lithuania. Shaped as the Vytis cross, the park is expected to become one of Lithuania's attractions.

As President Valdas Adamkus has said, the Millennium Oak-Wood is an excellent and nice idea. “This is one of the most beautiful holidays that give a sense to the celebration of the millennium of the name of Lithuania and a unique obligation for the past while looking into the future,” said the head of the state at the ceremony of founding the Millennium Oak-Wood.

According to Minister for Environment Gediminas Kazlauskas, the Millennium Oak-Wood will contribute to the embellishment of and the conservation of its cultural heritage. “The author of the album has put forward an excellent idea – to plant oaks, trees important to all Lithuanians. I believe that this oak-wood will thrive and become a real centre of attraction,” said the minister.

The initiators of the Millennium Oak-Wood hope that the project will be completed at the end of 2010.

Tomas Beržinskas, spokesman of the minister for environment, tel. 219 1868

04 May 2009







Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas