The Salobreña Town Hall has requested that the Provincial Environmental Department belonging to the Junta do something about the caterpillar nests.
A micro-organism, native of North America and Japan is wiping out the pine forests across the country. From the moment of being attacked by this tiny invader, the tree doesn’t even last a month.
All indications point towards the fire in Motril’s Parque de Las Americas being the work of an arsonist. Around 50 palm trees went up in flames around 21.30h on Friday the 21st of February.
Pupils and members of the parents association for IES Al Andalus went on a tree-planting expedition on Cerro Gordo, La Herradura. All told, around a hundred Spanish oaks, pines and carob trees were planted.
One of the pines on the Cerro de la Virgen (Motril) had been literally ripped out by the roots by the gale. Cerro de la Virgen is the church on hill next Parque de las Américas.
Had an e-mail re last months column, no not with regard to caterpillar cruelty but pointing out that if one were to enter a pine forest full of dry tinder, throw petrol around willy nilly, then set it alight, it could cause a horrendous fire!
Unfortunately, it’s ‘spray the land with poison’ time again and shortly after that mid to end of February & March is ‘marching caterpillar time.’ Here are a few tips on what to do in the event of either emergency presenting itself.