Donetsk, Dec 11 – DAN. DPR scientists have embarked on developing renovation projects for the Donetsk Botanical Garden, one of Europe’s largest, DBG director Svetlana Prikhodko told Donetsk News Agency.

“Renovation envisions upgrade of its gas-fired boiler house, pumping station and service lines,” Prikhodko said.

“Works will run on 14 facilities. DBG has recently increased the number of its collections and display sites, planning to double the irrigated area to 10 hectares,” she said.

DBG renovation projects are handled by the Donetsk Design and Technology Institute (DonPKTI). Heating and water- and power supply systems will be upgraded, while boiler house cost saving is expected to reach 20 percent. All the five green houses will be modernized as well, she added.

“The work on developing renovation projects has already begun. It will last a year. Renovation will be divided in several phases depending on priorities, and will commence as soon as funding becomes available,” Prikhodko said.

Donetsk Botanical Garden (est. 1965), one of the largest in Europe, sprawls on an area of 203 hectares and includes five greenhouses with tropical and subtropical plants taking an area of 3,000 square meters.

Overall DBG displays 8,000 species of plants from all over the world. *jk