A 300-YEAR-OLD olive tree has been replanted in Alfaz del Pi’s Plaza Juan Carlos I.
The olive, which stood for three centuries in Cami del Sarando and is seven metres tall, has a gnarled bark and knotted branches but is healthy and still produces shoots at its base. “The tree has been moved to provide it with more protection,” explained Jose Manuel Perez, Alfaz’s municipal biologist.
It is included in the town hall’s catalogue of Outstanding Trees, which was first compiled in 2003 and now contains the details of 35 exceptional trees growing inside the town.
These include the Valencian Community’s most ancient tree, an 800-year-old carob in Foia Brell.
“These trees have existed alongside us for many years and have witnessed our history,” Perez said. “Now they are living with us in our plazas, parks, streets and avenues.”