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Taking action on World Environment Day: tree-planting in Ankara, Turkey

Ambassador Cooter and Yenimahalle Mayor Mr. Fethi Yasar planted the blue cypresses at the inauguration ceremony.

The Embassy of Canada in Turkey marked World Environment Day June 5 with the opening of a new park in Ankara’s Yenimahalle municipality.  One hundred and fifty blue cypresses were planted in the new 3,000 square meter Canada Park to honour Canada’s 150th birthday.

In keeping with World Environment Day’s theme of Connecting People to Nature the public green space was established in a new residential area in Yenimahalle.  Canada Park is set to have a lasting legacy as a school is being built directly opposite it.

There were 200 volunteers, school children, and teachers participating in the tree-planting. 

Ambassador Chris Cooter – himself an avid gardener – and Yenimahalle Mayor Mr  Fethi Yasar planted the blue cypresses at the inauguration ceremony.  Both emphasized the importance of preserving and protecting our natural environment. 

The tree-planting event received wide media coverage from local newspapers and news portals.

“World Environment Day reminds us that we have a global responsibility to safeguard our environment – and that each of us has a role to play to preserve and protect it.”

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister

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