Whilst taking a stroll through one of Estonia's many meadows you may soon feel yourself connecting more deeply with your own roots. While this idea may seem strange to first-time visitors, this experience defines the close affinity Estonians have to their country's nature.
From firewood and logs for shelters, to edible and medicinal plants, the meadows of Estonia are more than just stereotypical grassy plains. They are a source of life – and a source of soul-sustaining beauty. The meadows of Estonia have traditionally been home to an abundant natural ecosystem, and so perfectly illustrate the importance of such lands for a population's survival. Even today, a large number of Estonians still regularly visit their country's meadow regions to forage for berries or commune with nature. Is it really any wonder then that Estonians still feel such a deep connections with these meadows, which have sustained them over thousands of years?
Meadows of survival
In the sparsely wooded natural stands of Estonia's Wooded Meadows one can easily imagine how both the trees and grounds have sustained the lives of Estonia's people and animals throughout its history. Here you will find numerous species of rare Northern orchids, medicinal plants, berries and mushrooms – which Estonians still knowledgeably pick to this day. You may possibly even spy animals doing some foraging of their own in the regularly-grazed herb layer of the meadows - one of the most unique types of plant groupings found in Estonia.