35th Tree of Peace grows in Cyprus
as a symbol of hope and friendship

Rep. n° 05/2024 Nicosia, UN Buffer Zone, May 9, 2024. In 2024, Servare et Manere implemented the international initiative Tree of Peace in Cyprus, as well. The 35th symbolic peace sapling: Strom pokoja / Tree of Peace / Δέντρο της ειρήνης / Barış ağacı  was planted at the Ledra Palace Hotel in the United Nations Buffer Zone in […]

First year of the Kysuce Earth Day

Rep. n° 04/2024 Čadca, April 22-24, 2024. Earth Day is a day dedicated to the Planet Earth, which takes place every year on April 22 and is conceived as an ecologically motivated holiday, drawing people’s attention to the impact of environmental destruction and aims to open a discussion about possible solutions to prevent pollution of […]

A direct descendant of Emperor Franz Joseph I received the Servare et Manere award

Rep. n° 03/2024 Kaiservilla, Bad Ischl, March 29, 2024. The Secretary-General of Servare et Manere handed over the association’s high award today in Kaiservilla. The Memorial Medal of Tree of Peace was presented to His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Markus Habsburg-Lothringen, great-grandson of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and a member of the […]

About initiative

International Tree of Peace (Slovak: Strom pokoja, German: Der Friedensbaum, French: L’Arbre de la Paix) is an international and global initiative that originated in Slovakia in the European Union. The project, created on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I, was initiated by Slovak landscape architect Marek Sobola from Žilina. The main content of the project is to support the message of peace by planting memorial trees on all continents. Planting trees around the world creates an international network of friendships on the basis of which the World Map of Peace is being built. In its very beginning, the project was associated with World War I, which also had a great impact on Sobola’s family. His great-grandfather Ondrej Sobola (Andreas/András Szobola) died on the Russian battlefield in an unknown place. The story of the author’s family inspired him to create a living monument, which on the one hand reminds us of senseless military conflicts, but on the other hand represents growth, prosperity and respect for our roots and history.

This universal message that unites nations, is now no longer associated only with World War I, but more generally with the need for peace and the avoidance of global military conflicts. His main tool is the tree, a living organism that represents growth, prosperity and nature. Planting trees points to global environmental problems and strengthens the solidarity of humanity in an effort to respect nature and its resources. In this way, the initiative becomes universal and its implementation is possible in all countries of the world. By planting trees, we also want to point out the senseless plundering of nature in all its spheres – on land, in the oceans or air pollution. All actions contrary to understanding between nations and abuse of natural resources lead to great sacrifices. The official logo of the initiative consists of a dove – a general symbol of peace, which is associated with a tree – the main tool of the project. The project is implemented as a voluntary and community service by Servare et Manere, Slovak non-governmental and nonprofit association. The Tree of Peace is a grassroots movement and this project is a collective activity which fulfills its mission on national and international level. All members of the board perform all their activities for the Servare et Manere pro bono. As an organization with Special Consultative Status within the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN ECOSOC), Servare et Manere will also contribute to the fulfillment of the sustainable development goals of Agenda 2030 in the Slovak Republic and in the partner countries of the international initiative Tree of Peace.

Sustainable Development Goals Tree of Peace Servare et Manere Strom pokoja

The Tree of Peace is a European, international and strictly apolitical project. Its main idea is a message of peace and understanding through the motto: “Let’s make love the lifeblood of this world”.





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Ondrej Sobola

Ondrej Sobola, Andreas/András Szobola (*August 7, 1880 Lalinok, Austro-Hungarian Empire – † December 31, 1918 official date) was a soldier of Austro-Hungarian Army (German: Landstreitkräfte Österreich-Ungarns; Hungarian: Császári és Királyi Hadsereg). His death, in an unknown place during the First World War, inspired the Tree of Peace project. Ondrej was born in Lalinok into a farming family and the Sobola family have lived in Lalinok since the beginning of the 16th century. Ondrej Sobola was married to Jozefína Rapšíková in July 31, 1900 in Dlhé Pole and was taken into the army in 1901. Ondrej and his older brother Štefan travelled to the United States in around 1906 and their place of residence was the borough Clifton Heights in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Ondrej returned to Lalinok between 1907 – 1910 and went back to the United States on November 30, 1910. Because of his stay in Pennsylvania he did not take part in the military manoeuvres in 1912. He definitely returned to Lalinok before 1914 and after the outbreak of the First World War he was enlisted in the 15th Military Infantry Regiment (Hungarian: 15. Népfelkelő gyalogezred ütközetei). Ondrej Sobola was missing from about 1915 on the Russian battlefield. In Czechoslovakia, he was officially pronounced dead in 1930, with the official date of death: December 31, 1918. Ondrej’s name was written on a Memorial dedicated to WWI victims from Lalinok village in the local cemetery on November 11, 2018. His portrait made by sculptor Michal Janiga based on the only preserved photo is also incorporated on the Memorial. You can also find Ondrej’s name on a Memorial pillar in the Emperor’s park of Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl.

Friends of peace

Antony McCallum Friend of Peace


Mr. Antony McCallum is a British professional photographer. With his high-quality work, he selflessly documents events connected with the preservation of the memory of Czechoslovak war veterans. He is a devoted Friend of Peace and a great supporter of Servare et Manere.

Olivier Merbau Friend of Peace Servare et Manere


Mr. Olivier Merbau is a writer, sailor and marine captain. He is an associate member of French Explorators Society, European Guild of Trekking and Writers’ Society. Single-handed sailor, Olivier starts for a Cruise for Peace to bring the message of a Tree of Peace in remote insularies places which could be also had been devastated by wars.

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The Grand Ducal
House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz Tree of Peace Servare er Manere flag

The Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was a territory in Northern Germany which was a sovereign state until 1918. The current Head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz is His Highness Borwin, Duke of Mecklenburg. The House honours philosophical ideas based on the constant search for peace.


Marek Sobola Tree of Peace

Marek Sobola


Marek Sobola PhD. was born on July 3, 1981 in the town of Žilina, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) into a Roman Catholic family from Lalinok and Divina villages. He spent the first years of his life in Divina. Marek Sobola is an authorised landscape architect, designer and heraldic artist. Sobola studied landscape architecture at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (SUA) at the Horticulture and Landscape Engineering Faculty. He graduated in 2004 and began working in own studio. Alongside the architect’s practice he continued doctoral studies at SUA at the Faculty of European Studies and Regional Development, the Department of Sustainable Development in 2004 – 2007. After finishing his PhD. study he again continued his studies at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra at the Faculty of Arts as an historian for another five years.

Since 2011 he has been a member of the Slovak Chamber of Architects. From 2017 is a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Žilina. He is also a member of the Scientific Board of the Kysuce Museum in Čadca and a member of the Council of the Episcopal Conference of Slovakia for Science, Education and Culture. Since 2020 is a member of the Heraldry Society of New Zealand and the Orders & Medals Research Society. In 2018 Marek Sobola founded the international initiative “Tree of Peace”. Since 2010, he has been the main representative and head of the NGO Servare et Manere and since 2023, he has held the position of Honorary Consul of Romania in the Slovak Republic.


  • Medalia_Regală_pentru_Loialitate Romanian royal family: Royal Medal for Loyalty (Medalia Regală pentru Loialitate), 2022.
  • Sacred_Military_Constantinian_Order_of_Saint_George House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies: Bronze Benemerenti Medal of the Franco-Neapolitan-Two Sicilian Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, 2021.
  • Императорская_медаль_В_память_100-летия_Великой_войны_1914-1918_гг House of Romanov: Imperial Commemorative Medal “In Memory of the 100th Anniversary of the Great War, 1914-1918”, awarded for merits in preserving the memory of the WWI soldiers in 2020. Note: currently unworn.
  • Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic: National competition Phoenix – National Cultural Monument of the year 2017, Honourable recognition for exceptional realization of the restoration project of the Statue of St. John of Nepomuk in the village of Divina. 
  • Association for Garden Design and Landscaping of Slovakia: Garden, Park, Garden detail of 2016, III. and II. place for two garden projects in a national competition.

Members of team

Róbert Machciník

Róbert Machciník

Assembly Member

Dipl. Ing. Róbert Machciník was born on March 2, 1981 in Žilina. In the years 2000 – 2006 he studied at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra at the Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources. Róbert is in charge of technical support within Servare et Manere.

Michal Janiga sculptor

Michal Janiga


MgA. Michal Janiga was born on October 12, 1991 in the town of Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). Michal is a sculptor and lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic. Michal studied at The  Academy of Fine Arts in Prague at the Studio of Figural Sculpture and Medal. He graduated in his studies with the title MgA. (Magister Artis / MFA). This young and talented sculptor has had several author exhibitions in Slovakia, Norway, Italy and the Czech Republic. Michal is the author of the portrait of Ondrej Sobola.


Žilina self-governing region


Žilina region is unique for its natural, cultural and historical heritage, and especially great people. The Žilina self-governing region significantly supported our project in 2018 – 2019.


The international project Tree of Peace officially represents the Slovak Republic under the brand called “GOOD IDEA SLOVAKIA – IDEAS FROM SLOVAKIA”. Under the brand name “GOOD IDEA SLOVAKIA”, Slovakia as a country presents itself at home and abroad. The Trademark License is granted by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.

Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia

The Project is being carried out with the support of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.

Ľubomír Rehák Tree of Peace

Ľubomír Rehák

Ľubomír Rehák, Ph.D. is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Slovakia to Russia. His Excellency is a great friend and supporter of the  “Tree of Peace” project since its inception. The NGO Servare et Manere awarded the Ambassador with the highest award of the association called the Tree of Peace Memorial Plaque.

Planted trees

Stromy pokoja

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Divina, village and municipality in Žilina District : 49.271143, 18.695516
Veľkrop, village and municipality in Stropkov District: 49.237631, 21.752879
Vychylovka, a part of Nová Bystrica, village and municipality in Čadca District: 49.383738, 19.098794
Town of Žilina: 49.206958, 18.751058
Jangrot, a part of Gmina Trzyciąż, village and municipality in Olkusz County: 50.328590, 19.726896
Town of Turzovka in Čadca District: 49.406003, 18.626311
Pushkin, a part of Saint Petersburg, State Museum Tsarskoye Selo: 59.725464, 30.387048
Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl: 47.715468, 13.618814
Lalinok, a part of Divinka, village and municipality in Žilina District: 49.265936, 18.708569
Leipzig: 51.314278, 12.411431
Kansas City, Missouri: 39.081781, -94.584758
Brookwood Military Cemetery: 51.301166, -0.636433
Kragujevac (Serbian Cyrillic: Крагујевац): 44.010028, 20.885503
Schaan, Liechtenstein: 47.166909, 9.510963
Vysoká nad Kysucou: 49.378504, 18.545883
Victory Park in Tashkent (G\'alaba bog\'i): 41.354322, 69.224498
Srbský vojenský cintorín Veľký Meder: 47.865367, 17.765475
Zvolen Military Cemetery: 48.582179, 19.141473
בית הקברות היהודי בז\'ילינה: 49.220986, 18.734816
Glory Park, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia: 56.246431, 43.871798
Gausdal, Aulestad Farm: 61.219348, 10.271786
Tree of Peace in New Zealand: -38.057410, 175.628689
Vavaʻu, Tonga: -18.655025, -173.981023
Fiji, Suva, Thurston Gardens: -18.148946, 178.423751
Tifajek Mud Pool & Hotspring near Nadi: -17.718770, 177.485179
Tree of Peace in Australia: -33.827576, 151.158054
Tree of Peace in French Polynesia: -17.540725, -149.571845
Mehrangarh Fort: 26.298022, 73.019267
Tree of Peace in Romania: 44.411923, 26.097774
Garden of the Diocesan Center in Žilina: 49.222937, 18.736400
First Tree of Peace in Italy: 45.955730, 12.125476
Bled, Slovenia: 46.369989, 14.108279
Budkovce village: 48.639391, 21.924756
Tree of Peace in UN Buffer Zone: 35.178077, 33.355232

Planned trees

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Nicosia: 35.168854, 33.361365
Ankara: 39.913284, 32.852066
Hildesheim: 52.145779, 9.951523
Dublin, Phoenix Park: 53.355036, -6.326419
Gibraltar: 36.132129, -5.351664
Saint Helena: -15.950962, -5.714362
Norfolk Island: -29.014689, 167.939745
Madang town, Papua New Guinea: -5.212319, 145.814811
Queen Elizabeth Park Tuvalu: -8.524115, 179.193772
Grove of Peace: 61.158062, -45.414187