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The Department of Environment takes up the treatment of the centennial oak of Las Fuentes and defines a security perimeter (12/02/2020)

With the work done, the safety of people is improved against the risk of branch detachment and the adequate protection of this large tree is ensured

The City Council of Caravaca de la Cruz, under the direction and supervision of specialist technicians, has carried out a new phase of the recovery process of the centennial oak of Fuentes del Marqués, which in December 2016 was severely affected by the rainstorm and that he managed to survive the fall.

The species, of great size, has a high environmental value and as such, is part of the Inventory of Singular Trees of the Region of Murcia.

In this regard, the Councilor for the Environment, Ana Belén Martínez, has reported that within the tasks carried out "a perimeter has been limited to prevent the passage of people and an informative poster will be placed explaining the reason for this security zone and the characteristics of the only one of the two affected species that finally got ahead. "

In addition, their roots have been re-covered with plant matter, as was done in 2016.

"We ask for citizen collaboration to be able to preserve this important natural heritage and that, in no case, the security perimeter marked with wooden posters and ropes be exceeded for a double reason: that of the safety of people against the risk of branch detachment and to preserve the oak from further damage, "said mayor Ana Belén Martínez.

The person in charge of the Environment at the Caravaqueño Consistory visited the area together with technicians from the General Directorate of the Environment and the expert tree technician belonging to the European Council of Arboriculture, Jesús Puerta, in order to monitor the state of the carrascas and improve their protection.

Some of the holm oaks or centenary carrascas, located in the El Copo area were severely affected by the intense rainfall of 2016, two of them suffering a complete fall and receiving the appropriate treatment.

"One went ahead and it was very necessary to mark a security perimeter, since the area was undefined presenting security problems and a risk for the species itself," said Ana Belén Martínez.

On the other hand, the City Council has also proceeded to fix and replace stretches of broken banks and banks in different parts of the site.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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