Project Description

The wonderful pastures

Old trees are an iconic component of the pastures in Transylvanian Highlands. The age of these trees can exceed half a millennium and they have witnessed and survived many changes that have taken place in local human communities, landscapes and climatic conditions.

Old trees on pastures are truly valuable: economically, aesthetically, historically and ecologically. They also have a very high aesthetic and cultural values which can also become economical resources. For example, most of the old trees have personal stories, known by the local communities. They inspire artists and poets contributing to the creation of cultural elements with universal value. Here are just some examples: ‘Banciu Oak’ (Alma Vii), ‘The Old Tree’ (Dăișoara), ‘Adam and Eve’ (near Rupea). Often called ‘veterans’, as a recognition of their ability to survive, these old trees become interesting for tourism thus making a significant contribution to the visibility of the area and to the local economy. Many old trees bear the signs of human interventions in the past and have been ‘witnesses’ to events of historical importance.

Unlike younger trees, ”the veterans” are extremely important for birds, insects and other organisms, as they serve as home for a large number of protected species. They are using the hollows of these trees as feeding place, nesting or sheltering habitats. Thus, old trees are key structures in the ecosystems they belong to and that is why scientists consider these pastures as one of the most important habitats throughout Europe.

Respecting these values, we allow future generations to inherit and value them according to their needs. Preserving the old trees, including the scrubby ones, for future generations, we will give them the chance to align (or re-align) to nature and to all of the important elements of the cultural landscapes we still have in Transylvanian Highlands.

How to visit: hiking, cycling, horseback riding – free of charge – for guided tours, use local guides and agencies.

No fee is need to visit the pastures.