Estonia's 100 oaks

The Government Office invites all Estonian people to plant their oaks to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. By planting an oak for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, everyone can leave a mark of themselves in the history of their country and make a worthy gift to Estonia.

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Through the ages, the oak has been the holy tree for the Estonians, involving several legends, rituals and beliefs. Thanks to the longevity of oaks, our stories and dreams are carried from generation to generation over the years. The oak is a symbol of strength and continuity, which makes it well-suited for valuing the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.

The oak can be planted in home yard, ancestral country house or the oak park to be established together with the community. All over Estonia, oak tree parks are currently being established. The establishment of Estonia’s 100-oak parks began already in autumn 2013, when school children gathered acorns and planted them to grow trees. The local governments will be responsible for their establishment and subsequent maintenance.

The trees will be planted in Estonia’s 100-oak parks together in the first two weeks of May 2018 and most oak groves being opened on 1 June.

The representational oak forest of Estonia’s 100 oaks will be opened in Tamsalu. This site is partly special for its magical name as well as its location – Tamsalu is situated in the middle of Estonia and one can even take a train to access the park to be established.

The establishment of oak forests will be supported by the foresters from the nearest RMK forest district, the Ministry of the Environment and landscape architects for the Union of Estonian Architects.

All schools, citizens, families, companies and organisations, both in Estonia and abroad, are awaited to plant their oak or oak grove on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. If you want to establish an oak park, please let us know by sending an e-mail to tammed@riigikantselei.ee.

Information on the exact locations of the future oak parks can be seen here.
You can also discuss all topics related to the oak parks on the Facebook page. 

All joint gifts