Turkey will build its first “fruit” national park

A “national garden” park will open in northwestern Turkey in the city of Yalova, located near the Sea of Marmara. Its visitors will be able to taste more than 800 varieties of fruits growing on the territory of the country. This was reported by Milliyet newspaper on Sunday, January 2.

Ümit Yılmaz, director of the city’s Department of Environment and Urban Planning, noted that the construction of the national garden is being carried out on the territory formerly used by the Ataturk Central Horticultural Research Institute.

“As a result of the research we conducted with the institute, it was proposed to preserve the existing plants here and integrate them into the National Garden,” the official explained. As a result, the park will retain the existing diversity of trees and plants and add new ones.

He said that work is now underway to organize exercise areas, bicycle and pedestrian paths.

Yılmaz Boz, director of the Atatürk Horticultural Research Institute, said that there are “a total of 1,500 to 2,000 genotypes of fruit in Turkey,” and “when the project is realized, there will be 840 species in the national park.” Boz also stressed the importance of creating such an orchard in terms of preserving the biodiversity of plant species, since for various reasons they can disappear in nature. He also assured that the fruit growing in the garden will not be used for economic gain.

The National Garden is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.