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Štramberský kras

Botanical Garden and Arboretum

The structure of the Botanical Garden and the Arboretum began to emerge in 1996 on the site of a limestone quarry „Dolní kamenárka“ („Lower kamenárka“) and its surroundings on an area of almost 10 hectares. The quarry was in operation from 1860 to the twenties of the 20th century. Before starting a construction work, the quarry floor area served as a football pitch. The first step in implementing the plan, was to remove municipal waste landfills, first planting started in 1998 on the exposed original bottom. In the back of the bottom of the quarry is located a few lakes with a maximum depth of 2,5 meters, in times of drought the level drops by 10 to 20 cm. Each lake has its own water source and is also powered by seepage from the walls. An unique limestone wetland was created here, rich in aquatic and wetland plants such as menyanthes, nymphoides peltata, nuphar lutea (yellow water-lily), typha, epilobium, critically endangered shrub Myricaria germanica etc. Part of the quarry walls with a height of 15–35 m has served as training walls for climbers since 1934. Block accumulations of Štramberk limestone are exposed in the wall of the quarry, caused by mining. In some places, e.g. at the entrance to the Pouťová cave (Fairground cave), these limestones are very rich in a variety of fossilized organisms. In the northeastern wall is an expressive body of black-grey claystones with the blocks of gray clayey limestones and reddish brown glauconitic sandstone of the Cretaceous age. In this body you can find a large number of small fossils (segments of the crinoids, sea urchins spines and tests, shark teeth, brachiopods shell, parts of the bryozoan colonies, bivalve shells, rostrums of belemnoids).

GPS position

N 49° 35.328', E 18° 7.660'



Geopark Podbeskydí/Občanské sdružení Hájenka
Ing. Dalibor Kvita