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 Zone.
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 63 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 50,000 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 50,000 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 https://kindchallenge.net
– 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.