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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

50th Anniversary of the Donetsk Botanical Gardens… One of Largest in Europe

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Today, the Donetsk Botanical Garden (DBS)… one of the largest in Europe… celebrated its golden jubilee. The ceremony for the anniversary attracted retired staff, government officials, and Deputies of the DNR Peoples Soviet. Acting DBS Director Svetlana Prikhodko said, “This is a wonderful holiday, the 50th anniversary of our Donetsk Botanical Garden. It’s a time of attainment and at the same time a summing up. This is a time of advance and future plans. Our garden, despite the war, continues to carry on, create, and develop”.

Congratulations came in from scientists at European and SNG botanical gardens. They rated the work of their Donetsk colleagues highly, as they enriched the steppe land, developing botanical science in an industrial region. Where there were only smouldering slag heaps (waste rock extracted in coalmining), over a half-century, Donetsk botanists created greenhouses, they transforming the towns of the Donbass, and they offered new technologies to farmers. DNR Minister of Education and Science Larisa Polyakova said, “The DBS is now a major research centre. Its staff created their own scientific schools; they amassed a rich collection of species and forms of plants and seed samples. They also have established close coöperation with universities and schools of the Republic; they became partners in the environmental education of our youth”.

The foundation of the DBS was in 1965. A Komsomol shock brigade built it in the former Bogodukhovskaya Balke. In 1977, it opened its first addition; now, it comprises 203 hectares (502 acres). Over the years, Donetsk, largely thanks to the DBS staff, became one of the greenest industrial cities in Europe. Its researchers bred 56 new plant varieties, created 8,000 new mutations and hybrids, 142,000 seed samples, and a herbarium of 140,000 leaves, and established 80 natural reserve objects. Moreover, the DBS is a popular place of recreation for residents and visitors. Every year, it has 100,000 visitors. It operates a Small Academy of Sciences for local schools, students can practise, and they can send seedlings from here out to other places in the Donbass for planting. Even today, during this anniversary celebration, having received awards and congratulations, the DBS staff welcome our visitors… we want them to return again and again, to see this true green pearl of the Donbass.

19 May 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency



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