A very special Christmas gift: a primeval forest certificate
With Christmas just around the corner, people are taking the shops by storm looking for just the right gift to please someone. Billions of crowns are being spent on electronic appliances, jewellery, toys and cosmetics. Environmentalists have now come forward with an alternative suggestion - why not spend a little on Nature - and wrap up a primeval forest certificate as a special Xmas gift?
Last year Czech conservationists and botanists from the north Bohemian city of Liberec launched a unique project - they bought an ordinary plot of forest land situated on the southern slope of Jested Mountain and started the process of transforming it into a primeval forest as used to exist in this part of Europe before the onset of extensive agriculture. This involves planting a great many firs, beeches, lime trees, ashes, elms and yews in what had become a monoculture spruce forest. Of course, it will take another 50 years before it begins to resemble a primeval forest but, environmentalists say, if you buy a token certificate now you will certainly help the process along. Vojtech Kotecky explains why it is a good idea:
So if any of your Christmas gifts have ended up in someone's garage, think about getting that someone a primeval forest certificate. They will be told how the forest is coming along and they will be invited to make a trip out to see it for themselves in the spring. The Friends of Nature organization is planning to make a narrow path through the forest for visitors to see the changes it undergoes as it returns to its virgin state.