Green shoots in Gata

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Green shoots in Gata

AUGUST FIRE: Gata’s 105-year-old eucalyptus was badly affected. 

GATA DE GORGOS’ enormous eucalyptus that was damaged by fire last month is already recovering.

The tree was planted in 1915 by Dr Francisco Moratal, who later became Gata’s mayor, but although flames entered the trunk the charred section of the 30-metre high tree is already sprouting again.

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This was almost certainly due to the firefighters who used a cherry-picker to douse the internal fire, municipal sources said afterwards.

The fire in the Rana area on the Gata-Javea road rekindled the following day, and was one of several that broke out at the same time in the MarinaAlta, leading Guardia Civil investigators to suspect arson.

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Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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