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Bierdzany. The “packed” church is how they fight bark beetles

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The historic wooden church of St. Jadwiga Śląska in Bierdzany (Opole Province) was tightly wrapped in foil. Due to the bark beetle attack, it was necessary to carry out the fumigation process.

The baroque church was built at the beginning of the 18th century. Since then, it has undergone renovations several times, gaining, among others, the spherical dome crowning the tower. The building has been entered into the register of monuments of the Opolskie Voivodeship. Recently, a real threat has emerged – a bark beetle has started to feed in the wooden structure.


Church “wrapped”

– The parishioners noticed that it is really not good. We decided to start work and get rid of those pests that damage our wood. We want the church to continue. The parishioners agreed to this work – says Radio Opole, Fr. Gerard Wilk, parish priest of St. Jadwiga Śląska in Bierdzany.

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Not only did they agree, but they also made their contribution. Similarly to the commune office, the marshal’s office and the poviat starosty. The treatment will not be cheap and can cost up to PLN 120,000. The works have already started. The whole church was covered with foil.

St. Jadwiga Śląska in BierdzanyOpole Poviat

– “Packaging” is related to the fumigation process, which, simply put, will help you get rid of the bark beetle effectively. This is the method used in wooden churches. Fumigation costs a lot, so the Opole poviat supported the parish with a subsidy to cover part of the costs, at the request of the parish priest Gerard Wilk – says starost Henryk Lakwa.

TVN24 Wrocław / Radio Opole

Main photo source: Opole Poviat

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