Root and branch support
CALPE has put the first part of its tree planting project out to tender as the town hall looks to create a green corridor and fight CO2 emissions.
Part of its EDUSI planning – which is supported with EU money – the initiative will plant trees in areas linking the old town with Las Salinas salt lake and also at the boundaries of beaches.
It is intended to improve the urban environment by recovering green spaces and providing a facelift to 'degraded' areas.
And the first part of the green regeneration focuses on Avenida Espanoles, Avenida Juan Carlos I and the area surrounding Las Salinas; bids for the work will start at €12,000. Trees to be planted include walnut, poplar, cherry, lime, ash, olive, and mulberry – native species suitable for the local soil.
The overall EDUSI plan is aimed at improving infrastructure between the historic centre, the wetland and the area of the port and iconic Ifach de Peñon.
Over the coming weeks planting will take place across 27,800 square metres of land after irrigation systems are installed.
The town hall said the first parcel of land involved an area “devoid of vegetation except low shrubs and dry mimosa”.
And the work is being subsidised by the Alicante provincial government – the overall planting programme will cost more than €62,000 – after the body called for “investment in trees” in urban areas.