Jasná (19th May 2023) The twelfth edition of the “Green Chopok” event attracted 250 volunteers from three countries to come to the Low Tatras. It was a record turnout number in the whole history of the event dedicated to nature and people who want to do something for their environment.
The volunteers met in the regions of Liptov and Horehronie to set out for higher altitudes from Biela púť and Krupová. “They helped us collect rubbish, plant trees and in cooperation with the village of Demänovská dolina, also to repair the tourist infrastructure around Vrbické pleso (tarn). In the area of Zadné vody in sections where the trees planted in previous year hadn’t taken root, hundreds of young spruce, pine and dwarf mountain pine trees were replanted. We collected rubbish not only on ski pistes but also on nearby hiking trails around Vrbické pleso and in the direction of the Symbolic cemetery. It’s great to see that people who often ski or hike in Jasná think of the Low Tatras also between seasons and help us improve the environment. And the best thing is that whole families come to us, which adds a new dimension to the event. We would like to thank everybody for their help,” said Jiří Trumpeš, the resort general manager. The group of volunteers included individual guests, families, 3 schools and like always, Mountain Rescue Service seniors too. While the youngest “Green Chopok” participant was 10 months old, the age of the oldest one was close to eighty. The event was co-financed by the Región Liptov regional tourism organisation by using funds of the Ministry of Transport of the Slovak Republic among other sources.
In other mountain resorts in neighbouring countries, similar events are organised to follow the pattern of “Green Chopok” – Green Ještěd and Green Špindl in the Czech Republic and Green Szczyrk in Poland.