Tree of the year bid

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THE PALMERA Im­pe­rial (im­pe­rial palm tree) in Elche is be­ing nom­i­nated for the ti­tle for Euro­pean Tree of the Year 2019.

This mon­u­men­tal palm with seven trunks grows in the Huerta del Cura (priest’s gar­den) is 180 years old.

It is the most un­usual and best loved of all the trees in the city’s Palmeral plan­ta­tions, which are the most ex­ten­sive in Europe and a UNESCO World Her­itage Site. It is men­tioned in the of­fi­cial hymn of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, in sev­eral pop­u­lar songs and even in a poem by Miguel Hernán­dez.

For the pre­sen­ta­tion of its can­di­dacy on Wed­nes­day, around 100 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of lo­cal so­cial, cul­tural, busi­ness in­sti­tu­tions and as­so­ci­a­tions, and from city hall posed for this photo by the tree.

Votes can be cast on the web­site www.palmeraim­pe­rial. com

Elche's best-loved tree

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