17 Jul '11, 10am

800-Year-Old Oak Tree Stops Traffic in Turkey | Care2 Causes

800-Year-Old Oak Tree Stops Traffic in Turkey | Care2 Causes

Written by Jennifer Hattam , a Treehugger blogger. New roads are built all the time in Turkey without much fuss, but the prospect of losing a massive oak tree that had stood in their town for 800 years brought residents of one Aegean village out into the streets recently to halt the completion of the Denizli-Salihli Highway. Villagers and environmentalists in Kadıköy village, part of Buldan district in Denizli province, began standing guard around the 800-year-old oak tree to keep it from being chopped down as part of the road-construction process, the Doğan news agency reported this week. “The highway can pass by anywhere, but how many trees are there around that are 800 years old?” asked Salih Atlamaz, head of the Buldan Association for the Protection of Natural Life and Culture . An Officially Monumental Tree In a bid to keep the tree standing, local residents successfu...

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