Trees planted at Estonian national day in Holland
16. August

Estonian national day and family days were held at the World Expo Floriade 2012 in Venlo, Holland.
Estonia was introduced as an attractive destination of nature tourism during the family days held at Floriade between 3 and 5 August. Several exciting activities were organised for all age groups in the Estonian pavilion and adjacent areas. Children could participate in an animated cartoon workshop conducted by Eesti Nukufilm, various entertaining games were played, and it was also possible to climb on an Estonian playground designed specially for this event. Estonian music and design were introduced by the Estonian Music and Design Cafe, and accordion players Kristi Kool and Toomas Oks attracted visitors to the Estonian pavilion with their singing. The vocal group Greip as well as Maarja and Peeter Rebane performed at the festive concert held on the national day.

"We had a velotaxi driving around the site, which brought visitors from all corners of the exhibition straight to Estonia, that is to the Estonian pavilion, thus conveying the message that Estonia is so close, just a couple of hours by air," said Allar Korjas, director of the export division of Enterprise Estonia, about the concept underlying the event. "We offered visitors a chance to contribute to Estonian nature by planting their own tree in the Estonian woods."

The plants will be put in the soil this autumn and next spring and a picture of the planted area will be sent to everyone with the precise coordinates of the location of their tree so that they can go visit it every year should they want to. An information board will be placed next to the planted area with the names of all those who participated in the planting activity. One family trip to Estonia to visit their tree was raffled off among all those who had planted their tree. This was the result of cooperation between the State Forest Management Centre and Estonian Air.

Photos from Estonian family days (photographer Tanel Murd)

In cooperation between Enterprise Estonia and the Estonian Woodhouse Association, Estonian wooden house manufacturers are participating in Floriade from 5 April to 7 October; their participation is funded from the European Regional Fund.

The following Estonian companies participate in the exhibition in cooperation with the Estonian Woodhouse Association: Aru Grupp AS, Foreco Homes and Houses AS, Mountain Loghome OÜ, Nordic Houses OÜ, Palmako AS, Palmatin OÜ, MKC Uksed OÜ, Rait AS, Bole OÜ, and Radis OÜ.