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The Oldest Pine Forest of Vyoshenskaya

07.08.2019

Residents of Vyoshenskaya are rightfully proud of the oldest pine forest growing in the outskirts of their native stanitsa. It was planted in the year of the 100th anniversary of the victory of the Russian Army over Napoleon. This pine forest is a special kind! You listen to songs of birds, breathe fresh air in full and feel like you are filling with energy and sun. Green pine needles are pleasing to the eye all year round, and the yellow-brown trunks of the trees seem attractively warm.

It is well known that the pines were planted in 1905, by teacher S.A. Kondrashov and his students, near Antipov Village, 15 km north-west of Vyoshenskaya. But not all the stanitsa’s residents know where the oldest pines in Vyoshenskaya still grow.

At present, such pines grow near the central district hospital. According to the memoirs of the old-timers, they were planted in 1907–1908. And we can admire the full-fledged oldest pine forest on the area of 8.2 hectares, which was planted in 1912, in the northern part of the stanitsa. All the trees here are slender, as if selected, 25 meters or more tall. You can drive along the highway to Vyoshenskaya and admire their beauty. They are neither bent by the steppe winds, nor covered with sands. If at the beginning of the XX century M.A. Sholokhov wrote: “And to the north beyond the stanitsa there is a saffron flood of sand, a stunted planting of pines, valley, ...”, then now, there is an emerald pine forest, a pride of the Don country!

Oksana Turchina
Galina Pichuyeva