This article was originally published in May 2009 and is visible now so that readers can look at what was happening on the Costa Tropical back then.
Now, we’ve all had it up to our eyeballs in construction work shenanigans in recent times but now it seems that our humble friend the palm tree is falling foul to restructuring plans.
One-hundred and fifty palms are being uprooted along Motril’s Avenida de Salobreña, much to the horror of environment group, Buxus, who fear that many of them will not survive the replanting process.
According to Francisco Tarragona, Chairman of Buxus, a minimum of six months is needed for a successful transplant and, due to the time scale of the project, the trees won’t receive the time they need to survive.
Tarragona also commented that the palms are currently in an ‘active’ state, which further reduces their chances of survival and that they shouldn’t be touched at all until November.
He and his group feel that the Council lied outright when they guaranteed no palms would die and, in a defiant show of solidarity with the trees, the Buxus members wrapped their arms around the palms for a whole day of tree hugging protest on the 20th of April (yes, there were people hugging trees and it wasn’t just one-too-many glasses of wine playing tricks on your imagination).
A petition was also collected with over a thousand signatures as the fight for the trees continues. Mayor Carlos Rojas on the other hand is singing from a slightly different songbook and sticking to his guns that the trees won’t die. He’s even taken things a step further by ordering the planting of another 155 trees.
Speaking of which, on another tree related note, the caring bunch down at the Salobreña International Club planted 15 saplings in the Parque de la Fuente on the 17th of April (all donated by the Council, I might add) to mark their campaign for the fight against climate change.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)