The Veisiejai Ash

Veisiejai city park, Veisiejai municipality, Lazdijai distr., Lithuania

The Veisiejai Ash

The ash grows in southern part of Veisiejai park, on Ančia lake shore. It is the second ash by girth in Lithuania. The Veisiejai Ash is of 30 m height, with 5,1 m girth in the bottom. Veisiejai park with its gigantic ash was planted in the second half of the 18th century. The park was founded by Masalski family – the owner of Veisiejai at that time, who also built the manor. In 1987 the Veisiejai Ash was declared as state-protected local dendrological monument.
In spring, when other trees come into leaf, this ash has still naked branches. As a legend tells, all trees have eyes and can see, but ash is blind. Therefore, already for 150 years, unable to see the awakening nature, the blind ash is the last to blow his buds…

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