Future additions to Orihuela’s El Palmeral

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Future additions to Orihuela's El Palmeral
: PALM SHOOTS: Damaso Aparicio, Jesus Maria pupils and their teacher inspect the future trees Photo credit: Orihuela city hall

THE first 15 palm shoots have emerged from seeds planted by pupils at the Jesus Maria school in Orihuela.

They were taking part in the El future del Palmeral en tus manos (The future of El Palmeral in your hands) project to involve the young in the Environment department in safeguarding the future of Orihuela’s palm forest.

The seeds germinated over the weekend to the pupils’ surprise and delight.

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“It was amazing that the palms should have sprouted so soon,” said Orihuela’s Environment councillor Damaso Aparicio who visited the school to inspect the future date palms. “It was also a coincidence that they germinated on Palm Sunday.”

More than 1,100 palms are expected to sprout over the next week or so in germinators at Orihuela’s primary schools where fifth-year pupils are currently taking part in the project.


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Linda Hall
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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