The National Botanical Garden together with charity found “Peli can live” are launching the “Heat for Greenhouses” project, created to raise funds for the purchase of pellets for heating the Greenhouse complex in the winter of 2022-2023.
The life and performance of Botanical Gardens are never easy in Ukraine. Behind the most beautiful landscapes, well-groomed plants, interesting tours, and solid research results published by the most prestigious international science editions there are always constant search of funding, hard physical work, and resistance against those who try to take your land away.
For five years The M. M. Hryshko National Botanical Garden of NAS of Ukraine was receiving less than 50% governmental funding necessary for the basic needs of the institution. To provide the maintenance (purchase of fuel, electricity, water, and heat supply bills, keeping the 130 hectares of land and it`s buildings in shape, care of collectible plants) the garden and it`s employees must earn their own funding (by selling tickets and conducting recreational events).
This year was the hardest for Botanical Garden. In spring it was closed for visitors due to declaration the martial law. For this reason, unique collections azalea, camellia, magnolia, lilac, and rhododendron flowered in complete absence of visitors. That is why the main source of refreshment for special NBG reserve, which usually is formed in April and May, during the mass visitation of The Garden and is used to pay for utilities.
Most of the needs can be cut down or postponed, but there is one that can not – it is the temperature maintenance in greenhouses with tropical and subtropical plants.
The NBG collection of tropical and subtropical plants is placed on 5000 m2 and counts over 4000 taxa.
It was one of the first among similar collections to have earned it`s title of national treasure in Ukraine in 1999. Citizens of Kyiv can not imagine January without flowering orchids or February without seeing azaleas, May with no traditional “Bonsai” exhibition. Schoolchildren and students are usually getting to know the citrus garden and subtropical forest in our greenhouses. For these plants to survive the winter temperature has to be held within 14 to 25 0С, depending on the plant’s origin. For instance, azaleas can handle 14-16 oC, but orchids need at least 20-22 oC.
Maintenance of such collections was always a challenge for Garden`s personnel. In search of optimisation of orangery collections maintenance 2 boiler houses working on pellets were built back in 2012 to minimise the expense. Each season 800 to 1000 tons of pellets were burnt, depending on weather conditions. When the invasion started the cost of pellets grew significantly due to various reasons (the cost of raw materials, logistics, increased demand). Today it is 12000 UAH per 1 ton of pellets (in comparison to 7600 UAH during the winter 2021-2022). Which means that at least 10 million UAH is needed to keep heating in the winter of 2022-2023.
Despite all the efforts of Garden`s administration and personnel and usage of alternative heating systems in greenhouses, such as “Buleryan” furnaces (which burn firewood) or electric convectors, the people of Botanical Garden can not handle
such a challenge on their own. All of us now acknowledge that this winter is going to be hard for both people and plants. Destiny of Garden`s unique collections, created by efforts of many previous generations now only depends on timely action. In this situation plants are the most fragile because they can not take care of themself.
In this hour, when the destiny of the state of Ukraine is being decided on the battlefield, we must work for the win in the rear: in big cities, small towns, and villages. That is why we ask all supporters of botanical Garden for help. Everyone who cares for the future of this treasure, who loves the Garden like we do or is only planning on paying a visit in the future. We ask you to help as purchase pellets necessary for this season. Together we can save unique collections and hand it over to future generations as it was handed over to us.
We would be grateful for your donations on the accounts of Charity foundation “Peli can live”, with which we successfully build an irrigation system in the Rubtsov Arboretum for the second year in a row. Accounts are opened separately for this project. Also, if you have the opportunity to provide wood pellets, we will gladly accept them as a gift.
The amount of the donation is non-refundable. Receipt of funds to the accounts of Foundation is your consent to this. If we manage to raise funds more than required for the project the “Heat for Greenhouses”, the excess amount will be used for the “Water for the Botanic Garden project”.
Dear citizens of the World! Let`s join our efforts, so that later we can decently welcome the many that will come victorious from the battlefield! Slava Ukraini!
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