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PALM PROTECTION: €674,313 contract to look after Orihuela’s emblematic palm trees Photo credit: Orihuela city hall

ORIHUELA city hall is going to spend €674,313 on looking after its palm forest over the next two years.

Half of this outlay will be co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (Feder), confirmed Orihuela’s Environment councillor Damaso Aparicio.

Outside company Actua, Servicios y Medio Ambiente SL will prune, maintain, conserve and protect the trees, including those in the city’s streets and schools.

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This includes protecting them from plagues including the red weevils that constantly endanger the palm trees’ survival, Aparicio said.

One of the contract’s principal features combines phytosanitary and biological treatments, together with endo-therapy where the trunks are injected to rid trees of the invasive weevils.

The palms must be pruned regularly to ensure that they do not become top-heavy and the branches of dates will be removed before these can fall to the ground.


Dates from trees that have not been chemically treated will not be wasted as they can later be processed and packaged for consumption.

Nor will the pruned branches be taken a to a rubbish dump they were in the past.  Instead they are to be shredded and turned into compost that will be taken back to the Palmeral.

 


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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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