Pollarding/pruning of a lime (Romania). Note the presence of a few larger
trees within a patch of much younger (c150 yr old) trees
ATF seeks person to act as a link person to groups and ancient tree activity
Contact us if you would like to know more
A study of practical tree pollarding techniques in Europe -
Read the outline of Helen Read's actual, updated Reports:
Romania pdf 1
(1.16MB); Romania pdf 2
Romania pdf 3
Alternatively catch up with Helen's
diary, read the section on Romania.
For the full Report click back to the
500 year old beech pollard in the Carpathian Mountains
Study Tour of Romania (Dobrogea, Danube
Delta and Carpathian Mountains) 22 Oct to 1 Nov 2003
Report by Andy Law, CCW
Romania is a fascinating country to visit. Seeing the vast plains, wetlands
and forest still under traditional land-uses feels like going back in time.
It is a country with a very different climate to the UK. The inclusion of
countries such as Romania into the EU is likely to have far reaching
implications for agriculture and nature conservation.
We found ancient trees in many landscapes. Many people still rely on trees
for heating, cooking, fodder and everday items. The ad-hoc pruning of
branches and shredding was widely observed.
Details of an ATF
study tour of Romania
The Breite reserve near Sighisoara
The Mihai Eminescu Trust Campaign to save an ancient living landscape
The most venerable oak tree on the plateau is over 700 years old and
bursting with vitality
Luminita Holban, MET Administration
www.mihaieminescutrust.org has sent us the following
We are a British registered charity involved in the conservation of
biodiversity and natural heritage in Transylvania, a uniquely beautiful and
unspoilt part of Romania.
As part of our work, we manage a 70-hectare ancient oak tree reserve called
Breite, near the Transylvanian city of Sighisoara (a UNESCO World Heritage
site). It contains more than 450 oak trees, of which 163 are estimated to be
over 500 years old. The oldest is thought to be nearly 800 years old.
Breite – a Unique European Treasure
On the Breite Plateau, near Sighişoara, lies the largest, most
representative and beautifully preserved wood pasture habitat with
multi-secular oak trees (Querqus robur and Querqus petraea) in Central and
Eastern Europe. From the point of view of its origin, the Breite Plateau is
a “culturally modified forest”, created not only by eight centuries of local
Saxon culture, but also by a rich and diverse natural environment. It is
this dual origin that gives the Breite Reserve its multiple and exceptional
values – historical, cultural, ecological, aesthetic and sentimental. A rich
natural heritage and living evidence of the history of Sighişoara, Breite
represents a unique treasure of European value.
New Management for the Breite Reserve
In order to protect this treasure and to safeguard its future, the
management of the 70-hectare multi-secular oak reserve was entrusted on the
29th of March 2006 to a partnership between The Mihai Eminescu Trust and
Sighişoara City Council, for a period of five years. MET, the City Council
and their partners pledged to preserve the ancient oak trees on Breite, to
ensure the regeneration of the reserve by planting new trees, to promote the
value of the reserve in Romania and abroad and to create a management plan
within a year, based on scientific studies and public consultations.
The Breite reserve near Sighisoara came under threat in 2002, when the
Romanian Govern-ment of the time proposed to build a Dracula Theme Park on
it. Although this particular danger was averted, the reserve subsequently
fell into neglect.
The Mihai Eminescu Trust, together with the local authorities s in
charge of managing the reserve for the next five years. With your sup-port,
we can hire trained park rangers to prevent illegal fires, ancient trees
being cut down, un-checked grazing, waste, off-road motorcycle races and
Adopt an oak tree hundreds of years old
Benefit from free support when you visit Transylvania.
Further information pdf (482KB)
Luminita has prepared a short newsletter of activities on Breite this year -
download pdf (586KB)