October 29, 2017 Russian Museum took part in the creation of the maze “Living Nature”, which will become part of the tourist and recreational landscape park “Bezhin meadow XXI century” in the Chern region of the Tula region.
Employees of the Department of Conservation, Research and Development of the Russian Museum Gardens donated and planted 35 young Cherepchaat oak seedlings, which are direct descendants of Petrovsky Oak, the oldest tree in the Summer Garden in St. Petersburg.
In the opinion of the organizers of this project, the Eco-Center for Long-Term Development “Eco-City New World”, the maze of “Living Nature” will become the largest vegetative labyrinth and should enter the Russian book of records.The labyrinth is created from scratch in the open field and occupies an area of 41,526 square meters It will consist of 24 thematic groves of fruit and forest trees, spices and medicinal herbs diverging in a circle.The purpose of this project is to multiply and preserve endangered plant species.
The concept of the landscape park and its name – “Bezhin meadow XXI century” – are connected with the work of the Russian writer Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev, as well as with the nearby Bezhin Meadow settlement, described in the eponymous story of the writer. Organizers set a lot of goals: planting forests for 90 thousand trees; attraction of attention to the problems of preservation of natural and cultural heritage; attracting the attention of young people to the literary heritage and the richness of the Russian language; formation of habits of a healthy lifestyle, etc.
Since 2017 the park has been opened for guests. The official opening will take place in 2018 and will be timed to coincide with the bicentenary of the birth of IS Turgenev and the hundred and ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Leo Tolstoy.