It’s springtime. April is the time when sakura blossoms in Uzhgorod. These Japanese decorative trees enchant and attract thousands of tourists from all over Ukraine. Unfortunately, this spring is not a tourist one for our country. The event is held under martial law. That’s why thousands of people gathered in Transcarpathia, no longer as tourists, but as internally displaced persons.
For such people, volunteer groups and community organizations organize a variety of activities for therapeutic purposes to reduce the stress of forced relocation and the horrors of war that they have seen. Today, Dmytro Kobrynskyj, a longtime partner of the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies from Berehovo, together with a group of people from the eastern Ukrainian regions became guests of Uzhhorod. They had the opportunity to visit the Transcarpathian Museum of Local Lore and Life (in other words – Skansen) where they could get acquainted with the diversity of Transcarpathian wooden architecture and the everyday culture of the Transcarpathian past.
Our guests also had an important goal, namely to see the legendary Uzhgorod sakura in full bloom. Besides, it’s time for magnolias blooming, which has a huge variety located in Uzhhorod (there is even a well-developed excursion to get acquainted with different varieties of magnolias in Uzhhorod: https://pen-poetria.mozello.com/publcistichn-statt/na-kolesah- do-magnolj), belonging to several species. Both of these goals of today’s tour were consistently achieved.
The tour was conducted by the head of the Research Department of nature (the Transcarpathian Regional Museum of Local Lore named after T. Legotskyj) and IERS employee Mykhailo Bilanych. Within the framework of the NABU-IERS project, the event was held in cooperation with the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies-IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) and the German Nature Conservation Union (#NABU), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev.
Informational Service of IERS