Birch Grove Park

Before the October Revolution of 1917, the park was privately owned. During the Great Patriotic War it was destroyed – of all the park buildings, only the office building, a movie booth and a parachute tower remained. The park consists of two parts: the upper one is clearly defined by two dome-shaped peaks, and the lower one is planned mainly in a regular style, there are tiled and asphalt paths, the upper one is occupied by forest-type plantings, through which dirt paths of the “serpentine” type pass. At the bottom of the park there is a section of the Taras Shevchenko Museum “Hut on Priorka”, where the poet lived during his last visit to Ukraine in August 1859.

Now in the Birch Grove Park, which has an area of 7.5 hectares, there are about 50 species and forms of trees and shrubs. Groves and massifs with a predominance of birch dominate, but there are few pure birch forests here. In the upper part of the park, the plantings include linden and Norway maple. In large areas, linden has already replaced the shorter-lived and light-loving birch. An interesting place in the park is a 300-year-old oak tree located in the upper part near the southern peak.

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