Operation Rockrose in Torrevieja

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Operation Rockrose in Torrevieja
REPLANTING: Headstart for native Cat’s Head rockroses Photo credit: Torrevieja town hall

THREE HUNDRED young Cat’s Head rockrose plants have been put in place on the Casa Lo Ferris seafront.

Known as Jarilla Cabeza de Gato in Spanish, the plants are a protected species and the project has been carried out thanks to collaboration between Torrevieja town hall’s Environment department and Agamed, the company responsible for the municipality’s domestic water supply and main drainage.

Environment councillor Antonio Vidal explained that planting the rockroses was able to begin once coastal authority Costas gave permission to remove invasive, non-native species.

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These included ice plants, a name which botanists prefer to its former designation of Hottentot fig, now regarded as politically incorrect.


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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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