Forest world

The Lubuskie Province has the largest level of afforestation in Poland. Nearly half (48.7 percent) of the area is covered with forests. In the south, the most important dense forest areas are: Bory Dolnośląskie (Lower Silesian Wilderness), Lasy przemkowskie (Przemków Forests) and Lasy Szprotawskie (Szprotawa Forests), and in the north Puszcza Notecka (Noteć Primaeval Forest) and Puszcza Drawska (Drawa Primeval Forest). The central part of forested areas are Bory Zielonogórskie (Zielona Góra Forests) and Puszcza Rzepińska (Rzepin Primeval Forest).

The dominant of Lubuskie forests is the pine; however, oaks are the most important. The oldest in Poland, with the largest volume of timber (third in Central Europe), the Chrobry (Brave) oak. It has been growing in Piotrowice near Szprotawa for almost 750 years. From its acorns consecrated by John Paul II 500 seedlings were grown and they grow all over Poland, as the so-called Pope's oaks.

Another large oak tree in the land of Dorothy de Talleyrand was Napoleon. The thickest oak in Poland, whose circumference is almost 11m, grew in the secluded part in the vicinity of the Oder River near Zabor.

It was easy to get there walking along the green Nordic Walking trail from Tarnawa. It was burnt down in 2010. The Regional Directorate of State Forests grew in the place of the burnt oak its descendant.

However, since pine monocultures dominate here, in the Lubuskie Province we will also find the thickest pine in Poland. A few kilometres past Sulechów, going towards Poznań, Waligóra pine grows (6.6 m in circumference). We stop at a car park by the road and after five minutes of walking along the environmental path we can admire the giant.

It is worth going mushroom picking... actually, wherever you stop and enter the forest, have a basket on you. Lubuskie forests also abound in game, which you can hunt from time to time.