Have you ever heard that there are Yunus Emre Trees in Karaman?
I've just heard. Oak trees, which are estimated to be 600-700 years old in Yeşildere, have been known as Yunus Emre trees for years and were said by this name.
The source of the information is İbrahim Kocak, former Mayor of Yeşildere and retired teacher. "Young people may not know, but those over the age of fifty know that old oak trees in Eğlicöz, five kilometers from Yeşildere, are called Yunus Emre trees," said Koçak, .
İbrahim Koçak said that there are still a few old oak trees in a stony area, about five kilometers from the İsmail Hacı Tomb, and their age is estimated at around 600-700.
Stating that he remembers that there were more old oaks in Eğlicöz during his childhood, Koçak explained that 400 hectares of land in the Eğlicöz region were allocated to the Forestry Directorate for the creation of forest in 2010 with the decision of the Municipal Council during the mayor's term.
According to the information provided by İbrahim Koçak, the Karaman Forest Management Directorate has surrounded the allocated area with wire fences and carried out afforestation works in the region. The trees were growing.
In the region, which has been given the status of forestland, the old oaks, which the people call "Yunus Emre Trees", seem far from danger for now. Karaman Forest Management Manager Ali Özgür Gümüş, who has just started his job and has not met yet, has a great job. Mr. Silver should mobilize his teams to take pictures of these trees and determine their species, number and age. Later, an initiative is initiated to have the trees become monumental trees.
“In order for a tree to be considered a monumental tree, it must have a cultural (historical, mystical and folkloric) or dimensional quality. Trees with historical, mystical and folkloric characteristics are directly selected as monumental trees regardless of their type, age, height, trunk and crown diameter. ”
The law of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization on monumental trees is like this. If the expression "Yunus Emre Trees" is used for the old oaks in Eğlicöz district in Yeşildere, this is enough to register the trees here as monumental trees.
In the year "Our Yunus" , it will be a very, very important achievement that the oaks, which are named after Yunus Emre in Karaman, have the monumental tree status. Again, while these works continue, the area surrounded by wire mesh should be named Yunus Emre Ormanı.
Konya Regional Directorate of Forestry stated in its statement dated 26.12.2016 that İsmail Hacı Tekke and Cemetery were also included among the afforestation works of special areas. The statement on the website of Konya Regional Directorate of Forestry is as follows: