Giant plane tree, erect for Almost a thousand years in Turgut district in The Izmit region of Kocaeli continues to amaze locals and visitors alike. With its towering height and estimated diameter of About 10 meters (32 ft) tall, the tree is a popular spot for people Find shade and relax.
However, about 1.5 years ago, the tree fell victim to an act of sabotage when it was set on fire by unknown individuals. Firefighters managed extinguish flame, but the trunk of the tree suffered from rot from exposure air. Despite this incident, the ancient plane tree remains Flexible and timeless.
The plane tree that inspired the designs for Leather goods, animal clutches and sandals over Over the centuries, it is now a frequent destination for Citizens fleeing from the city crowd.
Ali Beidel, 68 years old who He spent his childhood around the giant tree, and said, “This is a historic plane tree. According to measurements, it contains a thousand –year history. An agricultural engineer came here and checked. The tree extends one meter in measuring in 100 years old. I measured her diameter of 10 metres. (It is) a historical planar tree.”
Explaining that it has a long time history And it is mentioned in Context of detestable events of World War I between the Ottomans and the Greeks after the Ottomans soldiers From the tree, it goes astray also Notice that access To the tree during the pandemic 1.5 years ago. he also said so unknown individual set the tree on fireleaving a person-sized gap in its trunk.
“The tree was burned up to the top. Then the firefighters came and put out the flames. After the fire was extinguished, the burnt places suffered from fungus and mold.
Further noted that Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality and Governor office He came later and cleaned the fungus and mold infested parts of the tree. The spot remains in abandoned for years, but Beidel said, “We’ve taken it now on the role of The ones who are in charge of this place now.”