Planting the oak forest

Planting the oak forest

Since September 2005 the State Open Air Museum "Kulikovo Field" has been implementing the project titled "Green Oak Forest". They plant oaks on the places where the oak forest used to be and vanished, where the Ambush Regiment was located and which later helped win the Kulikovo battle.

For Russia this oak forest has been a real natural and historical monument. In the beginning of the XVIII century Peter I visited the Kulikovo field and ordered to mark the trees of the Green oak forest in memory of the great battle of the past. By the second half of the XIX century only "nine century-old oaks" have been preserved. Later they disappeared as well.

In 2005 the planting of the green oak forest was blessed by His Holiness Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and All Russia. Representatives of the Board of Trustees of the Centre of National Glory and the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called were among the first who planted the oaks. In 2007 the first amount of planting was over. By that time the trees were planted on the territory of 50 hectares with about 4000 trees on each hectare. Adults and children took part in the planting the oak trees. They recorded in a special book: who, when and in whose honour they planted their trees.