Irrigation system for the Arboretum of Mykola Hryshko National Botanic Garden

The territory of Mykola Hryshko National Botanic Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine is a part of the conservation fund of Ukraine. It is an oasis of the beauty of nature in the central part of Kyiv. However, the preservation of many rare plants is possible only if we construct an irrigation system at the Botanic Garden.

We decided to start the construction of the irrigation system for the Rare Plant Arboretum, which covers an area of ​​30 hectares or 3/4 part of the Botanic Garden territory. The Arboretum is a unique collection of 674 species, 22 subspecies, 35 hybrids and 274 cultivars of woody plants from different parts of the Temperate Climate.

The main idea of Arboretum designing in 1944 in Kyiv was to test new species and to create a public training base. Each tree of the collection has its own history, most of them belong to species with high conservation status, according to the IUCN list. It is located on the right high bank of Dnipro river where you can have a great view of the Vydubychi Monastery and Pechersk Lavra. The Arboretum has become a favorite recreation spot for the locals, a home for birds and squirrels right in a city center. The highest points of the Arboretum are raised above the Dnipro river by 100 m, so groundwater is inaccessible for the plants. Amid abnormal summer and winter droughts in recent years rare trees are in critical conditions of overdried ground that threatens the existence of these species. Arboretum workers water by hand plants, which are in the most critical condition but this is not a sustainable solution. The irrigation system is required.

We divided an area of ​​the Arboretum into 64 blocks to ensure the continuous development of the project and not to waste precious time for plants. The estimated cost of construction of each block of the irrigation system is 150,000 UAH. Thus, we will move gradually, based on the financing, giving the plants of the Arboretum an access to vital moisture.

The system will extend the life of the trees up to 200-300 years, which would correspond to their lifetime in optimal natural conditions, and will allow new plants to grow.

The project is infrastructural and quite large. But we believe that together we can handle it. We start construction of the irrigation system for the Arboretum of Rare Plants at Mykola Hryshko National Botanical Garden in Kyiv from the first block, joining the Kind Challenge initiative. Our first goal is to raise 100,000 hryvnia. We hope for your help!

The irrigation system consists of many details – every raised hryvnia becomes a part of it. Every hryvnia is important for our common cause!

How you can help us:

– Register at Kind Challenge platform, become a good runner and raise funds:

– Become a philanthropist and support the project at:

– Distribute information about the project using hashtags:

#PeliБіжитьЗаБотСад #ВодаДляБотСаду #ЯБіжуЗаБотСад

Let’s run with Peli for water for rare trees!

We also invite responsible corporate business for cooperation. We believe this project is a unique opportunity to leave a mark on nature preservation and saving the beautiful urban landshaft in Kyiv.

  • Project results

    The first 3 units of the new irrigation system for the Rubtsov Arboretum were officially launched on July 16, 2021. Thanks to this, for the first time in 30 years the collections of garden jasmine, ash trees, and hickory trees have received water. Detailed financial report on this part of the project is available here: Financial report on the construction of the irrigation system

    Project achievements so far:

    • UAH 83,436.12 was received from benefactors;
    • 195 people in total supported project financially: 186 people became benefactors via the campaign on the Kind Challenge platform and another 9 made direct transfers to the Fund;
    • School №5 of the Pechersk district of Kyiv made the largest contribution through the Kind Challenge platform: to raise funds, the school held a charity fair;
    • Colonnade Ukraine became the first company to join the project and to finance one unit of the irrigation system;
    • more than 30 volunteers dug 423 meters of trenches in two weeks;
    • the first 3 blocks of the irrigation system covered garden jasmine, ash trees, and hickory trees;
    • the base of the water line to cover the plateau areas of the Arboretum was laid.

    Fundraising for the project continues. Donations can be made via the Kind Challenge platform or directly to the account of the Fund.

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