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Nezahat Gokyigit Botanic Garden St. Sophia

Listed under City Parks in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Situated in the center of a busy motorway intersection, Nezahat Gökyigit Memorial Park, is a testament to the drive and inspiration of Nihat Gökyigit. Built in memory of his late wife Nezahat, the Park is striving to become a botanic garden that will provide scientific and educational services for the people of Istanbul. Tema FoundationThe development of the Park is being sponsored and coordinated by Nihat Gökyigit under the umbrella of the TEMA Foundation (The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats).

The Park is 50 ha/125 acres which is the largest replanted wooded area in central Istanbul and represents a 17.6% increase. To date, more than 50,000 trees and shrubs from 150 different native and non-native species have been planted and this figure is still increasing. There are very few arboreta or botanical gardens in Istanbul where people can learn about plants and trees and in the future, the Park could provide both a scientific and educational facility which would help to rectify this omission. The Park project fits in with the TEMA Foundation’s campaign of “10 billion oak acorns have an appointment with the soil” by aiming to have the largest oak (Quercus) collection in the world. Towards reaching this target, in addition to native oaks, species from other countries are being acquired through international contacts. The Park aims to protect several endemic and rare plants of the Istanbul area which are under severe threat because of urban development. At the same time the plants will also serve as an educational facility for public awareness. With the addition of a fruit orchard, the Park will help to protect exotic, rare and disappearing local varieties as well as to encourage children to be interested in nature. There will be a collection of Iris species for their beautiful flowers. An area of the garden will be designated for medicinal and scented plants. This section will also help the partially sighted to enjoy plants.

A rock garden is being constructed and consideration is being given to an area devoted to plants that tolerate arid conditions that will be useful in the global struggle against desertification through the awareness of the increasing problems of water scarcity and desertification.

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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