The Estate Park

The Saka park resides high up on the scenic limestone shore. The oldest trees reflect the age of the park, which could trace back to the early 19th century. The park’s layout is free in form, although preserved scatterings of old elms and lime trees give reason to believe that the park once had a more organized design.

A dendrological study (Tremuth, 2007) of the Saka estate found 46 species of trees and bushes. Among the listed 552 trees the most common are Norway maple (26%), Wych elm (21%), English oak (20%), common ash (11%) and small-leaved lime (6%).

The park also includes 145 ancient trees (with a diameter of at least 60 cm), including 55 oaks, 25 limes, 21 elms, 18 maples, 9 larch, and 6 horse-chestnut trees.

Especially notable is the large black poplar. Of Estonia’s manorial parks, Saka is one of the most noteworthy for its oaks. About 85% of the trees that were researched were in good or satisfactory health.

The Saka Manor park was recreated in 2011. In the course of the project, based on the design of landscape architects Andres Levald and Sulev Nurme, the less valuable military structures were demolished, the ground and trenches were levelled, and the spoiled surface was replaced.

Lighted granite paths preserving the original layout are lined with benches. Parking lots, a pavilion and a pergola were also built. The park is surrounded by a wooden fence. A historical meadow was restored and flower beds circle the mansion.

The park is under national protection for both its architecture and nature. It is also part of the Ontika landscape protection area.