Environmentalists plan to grow new "primaeval" forest in North Bohemia
A group of environmental activists get together, scrape up some money and buy a piece of land that has some remarkable features: endangered animals or rare plants - and turn it into a private preserve. That is not so unusual anymore in the Czech Republic. But cases when conservationists and botanists decide to turn a completely ordinary piece of land into something valuable are much less common.
Jan Korytnar from the Liberec-based organisation Friends of Nature:
"Experts on geo-botanics can work out exactly what the original virgin forests looked like. So we know that the three main species of trees that should grow in our forest are firs, beeches and spruces. But there should also be maple trees, linden trees, ash trees, elm trees and yews. At the moment it is a monoculture spruce forest, but we will gradually remove some of the trees and in the gaps we will plant seedlings of all the other trees."
The Friends of Nature organisation is planning to make a narrow path through the forest for visitors to see the changes the woods undergo as the forest returns to its virgin state.
If you'd like to find out more about the virgin forest that will grow on Jested, go to www.novyprales.cz