4 May 2021
It offers a visual feast to those who see thousands of trees planted in order by the owner in the middle of the steppe in Erzurum. The wooded area, which stands like a green oasis in the steppe and resembles the letter ‘P’, has been entrusted to grandparents for 60 years, coloring the steppe. This dazzling valley with its magnificent view and clean appearance was viewed from the air with a drone.
The wooded area belonging to Muammer Bıldırcın in Çayırtepe District of Yakutiye District of Erzurum has been adding color to the steppe for years. When Quail’s tree-planting tradition, which was started by his grandfather 60 years ago, continued with his father and himself, his lands were surrounded by thousands of poplar trees. Poplar trees, which have matured after 60 years, are today presenting themselves like an oasis with their lush green leaves in the middle of the steppe.
Muammer Bıldırcın, on the other hand, shows so much interest in poplar trees and gardens that they do not separate them from their children. Quail, who comes to his trees and garden every morning as if he comes to work, collects the leaves and branches falling from the trees and water the land every day.
Using the land surrounded by trees for agriculture, Quail has turned the area into a green valley. Taking care not to leave a single stone inside, Quail takes care to maintain the trees regularly. Quail, who devotes his life to the trees and its garden, is also proud of greening the steppe.
Stating that the valley was left to him from his grandfather to his father, Quail said, “This has been an adventure that started in the 1960s and reached the present day. My grandfather followed him, my father and then we made it here by labor. It happened not just one day, but almost every day. The love within us helps to make this place this way. We have a cleaning here in spring. I collect stones and fallen leaves and plant the garden. “We clean the waterways every spring,” he said.
Stating that those who saw the valley started to plant trees in their homes and gardens, Muammer Bıldırcın said, “I can say that we brought trees to this village as a family. We planted trees with difficulties at that time. So first as my grandfather, then my father, and then us. I can say that we barely planted these trees here because people used to have different perspectives on the tree. Our trees dried up, we renewed again. Of course, those who see this place like it very much and plant trees in the village. I can say that the village has been afforested thanks to us. When you bring a favor to a place, if it’s good, everybody gets it. Someone had to be a pioneer, ”he said.
Emphasizing that too many people want to buy the land and trees but will not sell their labor with money, Bıldırcın said, “In the summer, guests come here and welcome them. Some of them want this place with money from us. Labor is not sold for money. I say that if you give them a truck full of money, I will not sell this place again. Because here I have my labor. What did we suffer until it became this? I definitely do not intend to sell it. When the intensity of the work is over, we start to enjoy this place now. We come and rest with our children, we get fresh air. I believe that when we die and leave tomorrow, the people who come here will say, “God bless them, how beautiful they have made.”
Noting that he comes regularly every day to take care of the land and trees, Bıldırcın says, “I come here early in the morning. I make my sahur and run here. As for today, I fertilized this place first. Then I prepared the places to be planted in the field. I collected leaves and branches of trees. The effort does not end here, so if one job is finished, the other begins. Soon I will open a waterway, for example, my day will be over. This valley is not a stone. It is all by working. We collect it every day. As our ancestors said, ‘if you look, it will be a bond, if you don’t look it will be a mountain’. In Ramadan, I come after sahur and go at noon. Other times I come in the afternoon and work until evening. My advice to people is do not be lazy, try to try ”he said.