Voluntary protection of heritage trees able to cover an area the size of Hiiumaa island in a month
“Estonia has a total of almost 600,000 hectares of forest land under the protection by government. It is all the better because in just a month, private owners, whose land makes up one-sixth of the land area, voluntarily joined the heritage trees initiative,” said Hendrik Relve, a fellow of the Loodushoiu Fond. "We received confirmation from the vigorous involvement that the owners value acting in accordance with nature conservation."
“The register helps the landowner to store information related to nature and cultural history. We collect data on heritage trees together, which benefits us all, ”said Relve.
The register can be found at www.loodushoiufond.ee/register and the landowner can store the traditional stories about the tree, the characteristics of the tree, the coordinates of its location, pictures and other information worth preserving. Hendrik Relve's life's work has been to collect such data, and with the help of the new database, the database of heritage trees can be supplemented and systematized, and with the register this data will be available and accessible to everyone.