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BOTANICAL PARK

BOTANICAL PARK

BOTANICAL PARK

15th km. NAT. ROAD CHANION-OMALOU
CHANIA, 73100 PREFECTURE OF CHANIA
Tel: 6976-860573
e-Mail: info@botanical-park.gr
Web Site: http://www.botanical-park.com
 
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Walking around a green-clad environment,

you will come across over 150 species of fruit trees,

dozens of herbs, pharmaceutical and ornamental plants.

 

Trekking, educational and recreational park

 

CRETEA SMALL CONTINENT

 

The temperate, subtropical climate of Crete allows many tropical and subtropical plants to grow.

 

More particularly, the relief and the microclimate of the area around the Botanical Park of Crete, located 15 km outside the city of Hania at the feet of the White Mountains, render it into a virtual paradise for thousands of plants and animals.

 

Fruit trees from all over the world producing edible fruit, herbs, pharmaceutical and ornamental plants, all scattered around an area with a surface of two hundred square kilometers await you to discover them.

 

The idea

 

My village, Skordalou, lies at a distance of 20 km away from the city of Hania at the feet of the White Mountains. It is one of the greenest villages in Crete with the oldest olive orchards in Crete and in Europe and the main income of its people comes from olive oil (tsounati variety).

 

I remember the summers in my village when I was a young boy; many children would come here from Athens and other parts of Greece for holidays with their families.

 

It would strike me that they knew nothing about plants, not even olive or orange trees, to say nothing of the loquat or the carob tree for example. But then again, growing up in a large city or in a place with different plants does not leave room for much.

 

By the end of October 2004, a sudden hot wind storm from Africa caused an electricity pole wire to break. This started a wild fire, which very quickly spread around so much that no one could control it. Twenty-four hours later, the whole region around the village had burnt almost to the ground.

 

The damage was unprecedented: sixty thousand olive trees over 400 hundred years old had been burnt. My village had been ruined both financially and ecologically.

 

My family had many orange and olive trees in an area with a surface of about 150-200 square kilometres, which was also ruined.

 

After this destruction, I thought that all that burnt land could become a botanical park for trekking, education and recreation. My three brothers all agreed to this idea.

 

Flora

 

 

 

The nearby Balkan Peninsula is one of the richest areas in the Mediterranean for plant diversity. On Crete especially there are 210 plant species per 600 square miles

 

Restaurant

 

The restaurant of the Botanical Park of Crete combines the revival of traditional cooking methods -recipes such as the traditional open fireplace, wooden oven, hot stone etc and products from rich Creta soil    

 

"Nature does not seek to perpetuate the human species but to secure the biodiversity of the species."

Theophrastus

 

 

 

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