Poleski National Park was founded in 1988 on the territory of the Gomel region, Belarus. Its area is over 215 thousand ha. Over 1200 types of plants grow here which constitutes two thirds of total Belorussian flora. The area remains under strict protection and any kind of economic activity is prohibited here providing tourists with a rare chance to see a piece of wild nature in the heart of Europe.
The Chernobyl disaster that occurred on April 26, 1986 in Ukraine was the largest technogenic catastrophe of the 20th century and affected mostly Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. The Gomel region belongs to the exclusion area around the Chernobyl nuclear power station. The most contaminated from the Chernobyl disaster zone forms the mentioned above Poleski National Park.The journey was started from the Belaya Soroka village which is located at the very border of Belarus and Ukraine at a distance of about 6 km from the ill-fated town of Pripyat (the site of Chernobyl nuclear plant location). Do you see the white plate behind? It denotes the beginning of the Ukrainian territory.
The Belorussians are good at taking fire-prevention measures. It is natural as radioactive forest fires can be another total disaster. Tulips are still growing next to abandoned houses.
Photo paper was found in the house of an amateur photographer.
Some houses are occupied by wild animals like bears, boars and roe deers.
The table points out there used to be a school here.
Crosses are installed at the place of a church destroyed by the Germans.
An improvised church. We haven't found any real church during our journey.
A fire tower topped with a raven nest.
There are about 40 of similar fire towers on the territory. They are equipped with wireless communications and cameras.
Seeds spread by the wind get inside the semi-destroyed cow barns giving way to trees.