Root and branch sup­port

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Jack Troughton

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.

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