Focus on the crocus in Polish national park
PR dla Zagranicy
A national park in southern Poland has appealed to visitors not to trample its fragile crocus flowers, which are in their spring bloom and attracting crowds of admirers.
Teaming up with local government authorities, the Tatra National Park has launched a public awareness campaign—imaginatively called Hocus Crocus—to educate tourists about the need to protect these eye-pleasing but extremely delicate purple flowers.
Every spring, the Tatra National Park’s extensive carpets of crocuses draw in thousands of tourists, according to the park’s Paulina Kołodziejska.
Last spring, the park’s Chochołowska Valley alone attracted 70,000 visitors during one April weekend when crocuses were in full bloom, Poland’s PAP news agency has reported.
Despite patrols by park officials and volunteers, some tourists were not careful enough to keep off the flowers, damaging them with their blankets or even cars and trampling on them while taking selfies to proudly share on social media. Some even barbecued right in the middle of the blossoming vegetation, according to park officials.
Crocuses are particularly plentiful in the park’s mountainous terrain and on its high-lying meadows where sheep graze.
The variety of the crocus growing in the Tatra National Park, formally known as Crocus scepusiensis, is protected under Polish law.