The ceremonial planting and opening of Europe’s first transboundary avenue of trees took place within the framework of the Avenues in place of borders action, on April 16th 2014, at 13:00, at the border crossing between Poland’s Warnik (in the gmina of Kołbaskowo) and Ladenthin (in the German district of Vorpommern-Greifswald).
Two trees each were planted on the German and Polish sides, in this way completing an avenue comprising 50 lime trees. Ceremony participants included representatives of the regional and local authorities; the Honorary Consul of the German Embassy in Szczecin, Bartłomiej Sochański; Marshal of Zachodniopomorskie Voivodship Olgierd Geblewicz; and journalists.
History’s first transboundary avenue represents a monument to Polish-German cooperation, as well as a celebration of border that no longer divides, but rather unites, two nations. The initiative at the same time serves the function of promoting care and concern for roadside trees that represent joint Polish-German cultural heritage. This marks the first step on the road to the establishment of a Polish-German cultural trail of avenues, as modelled on the Deutsche Alleenstrasse. Further transboundary avenues will link Poland with Germany, the Czech Republic and Ukraine.
For centuries, roadside or mid-field trees have been a characteristic feature of Europe’s traditional rural landscape. They contribute to the maintenance of high biodiversity, given their status as valuable natural habitat and green infrastructure. However, in the last half-century, the development of road infrastructure and ongoing land consolidation have brought about a dramatic decline in the numbers of trees present in Europe’s farmed landscapes, with all the inevitable consequences for biodiversity (not least EU priority species), as well as an impoverished cultural landscape.
Location of transboundary avenue
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Phot. Madlena Mitschke
The Event was organised withing Roads for Nature – campaign promoting trees in Poland`s rural landscapes, as habitats and ecological corridors