Byurakan Observatory is Going to Launch Park Arboretum

Byurakan Observatory is Going to Launch Park Arboretum

Armenian Minister of Nature Protection Artsvik Minasyan and the director of the observatory of NAS RA after Viktor Hambardzumyan Areg Miqaelyan signed an agreement on cooperation, according to which the lands that owned by Byurakan Observatory and have rich flora and fauna, have received the status of arboretum. There are more than 150 species of trees and plants in 35 ha of gardens, but now, there is a need to make new researches, account the species of plants and trees and discover rare species.

Director of the observatory Areg Mikaelyan told us in our interview that the observatory is not only an academic achievement, but also a rich architectural complex and a botanical garden. "Promoting environmental protection, as well as the development of ecological tourism as the observatory enjoys great interest of local and foreign tourists in the region, the arboretum will add new species of plants."

In the near future, it is planned to expand the garden areas and repair the walls, which will require about USD 100 000. According to the words of director of the observatory, the road leading the astronomical observatory needs to be separated from the road leading to Byurakan village in order to make another way for cars to move without damaging plants and animals of the arboretum.

After the expansion of the garden with new species, the art design of the arboretum will be started creating a unique protecting area.