“Natural values of Szczecin and the arboretum in Glinna”
Organizers: Marcin Kubus, Zofia Sotek, Małgorzata Stasińska, Helena Więcław
Date: 15 September 2017 (Friday)
Bus departure – 9.00 a.m.
Central Cemetery in Szczecin (approximate duration: 9.15 - 11.15)
With an area of over 167,8 hectares the Central Cemetery is officially the largest cemetery in Poland and the third largest in Europe. It was established in 1901, and was designed by Wilhelm Meyer-Schwartau, a famous architect of Stettin. However it has been operating for more than 100 years, it is still in use, and it is a legally protected national monument. The composition of the greenery was designed by landscape architect Georg Hanning. The Central Cemetery was intended as a picturesque park or memorial-garden. This goal was achieved by utilizing the natural features of the landscape. The cemetery is considered as one of the most valuable dendrological objects in north-western Poland. It contains about 415 species of trees and shrubs, a number of which are exotics, e.g. Abies koreana, Chamaecyparis obtusa, Maclura pomifera, Phellodendron amurense and Pterocarya fraxinifolia. The necropolis-park is an important place with a symbolic character; it is also a public place used for Sunday walks and contemplation.
Szczecin –guided city tour (approximate duration: 11.15 - 13.15)
Bus ride through the city from the Central Cemetery to the Pomeranian Dukes' Castle, a walk through the castle, “new old town” to the cathedral church. Panoramic ride by bus through the city center and wiila districts to the Wały Chrobrego terraces - a short walk through the Wały Chrobrego terraces.
The Szczecin Landscape Park "Beech Woods" (approximate duration: 13.15 - 14.15)
The "Beech Wood" is a protected area established in 1981 and covering an area of 91 km2,
characterized by very diversified beech forest communities with, in many cases, unique fauna and flora (1,250 taxa of plants, including 63 protected species, e.g. Taxus baccata, Sorbus intermedia, Lonicera periclymenum, Lilium martagon, Cephalanthera damasonium). Large area is also covered by riparian forests and the mosaic of non-forest communities. “Beech Wood” is a refuge for various animals, including numerous mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. In the southern part of the wood the Arboretum in Glinna is located.
The Arboretum in Glinna (approximate duration: 14.15 - 16.15)
The Arboretum in Glinna (about 6 ha) near is well known for growing a lot of unique trees. The garden’s collection amounts to 750 taxa of trees and shrubs. About 60% of taxa originated from Asia (China, Japan and Korea), 25% from North America and 15% from Europe. The arboretum is also widely known for a number of biggest exotic trees, e.g. Abies cephalonica, Chamaecyparis thyoides, Carya ovata, Fagus sylvatica ‘Miltonensis’ and Cunninghamia lanceolata.
Dinner and barbecue (approximate duration: 16.15-17.45)
Return to the city provided about 19.00
Price: 80 PLN
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