Palmed off with shoddy work

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Palmed off with shoddy work
PALM LOPPING: The traditional and correct way to do it Photo credit: Linda Hall

WORK by the firm brought in to prune Elche’s 200,000 date palms was condemned as shoddy.

Critics said it was incomprehensible that city hall employed only 10 “palmeros” who climb trees to lop branches in the traditional manner and outsourced the contract to a company whose employees used chainsaws.

Elche’s Parks and Gardens Hector Diaz had to halt work after the operatives had botched 15 trees, following which the company renounced the contract and Parks and Gardens employees were sent to tidy up their handiwork.

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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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