Elche’s messy dates

Elche's messy dates
ELCHE PALMS: There are 8,000 trees in the city centre, residential areas and the industrial estate Photo credit: Elche city hall

ELCHE city hall has put out to tender a €240,000 contract to prune 8,000 palm trees.

This covers trees in the city centre, outlying districts and Elche’s industrial estate, explained Parks and Gardens councillor Hector Diez.

Pruning needed to start in June, Diez said, both for the health of the trees and to remove the heavy branches of dates before the fruit ripened and fell to the pavements.


Not only did this cause problems for pedestrians and street-cleaners but also attracted flies and insects, he pointed out.

Diez stressed that although the municipal Parks and Gardens brigade did “a grand job” it was occasionally necessary to bring in an outside contractor, given the many palms inside the city as well as in residential areas.

“It is essential to ensure that the city’s palm trees are well-maintained and in optimum condition at all times,” the councillor said.

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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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