‘City of historic sycamores’ treats its trees with new care

‘City of historic sycamores’ treats its trees with new care

A total of 870 long-standing monument trees in Bursa are the focus of new protection efforts.

October 03, 2008, Friday/ 17:32:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
Bursa, a city known for its grand and historic population of sycamores, is now treating its monument trees with a special paste that experts believe will keep them strong and healthy by protecting them from external factors that may cause rot and disease.The city has 870 particularly historic "monument" trees, some of which have lived for over six centuries. A tree is classified as a monument when it meets certain standards of longevity, height, width, cultural significance and variety. These trees have carried their significance throughout the ages.

In terms of the sheer number of monument trees, Bursa -- which is known as "green Bursa" despite the negative environmental impact of the city's uneven growth in recent years -- is a prominent city in Turkey.

Most of Bursa's monument trees are sycamores. In fact, a full 541 of the 870 monument trees in this "city of historical sycamores" are registered as eastern sycamores. The city also boasts 170 oaks and 87 cypress trees that are classified as monument trees.

The care, treatment and restoration of these monument trees, which have in themselves become a defining characteristic of Bursa, are carried out according to guidelines set forth in the municipality's "Tree Protection Policy." As a part of this policy, a special paste is now being applied to any open parts of these trees' trunks and branches to ensure the trees' longevity. The paste contains antibacterial chemicals that will help prevent the historic trees from damage and rot as a result of harmful outside environmental influences over the years. The paste is also water-resistant, and its protective effects will last for 20 years. The municipality is also working to sterilize the soil around the roots and trunks of Bursa's monument trees against the threat of fungus. An antibiotic that fights rot and fungus has also been added to the trees' water supply.

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