By Chris King • 18 April 2021 • 1:34
Botanical Experts Hired To Save 1000-Year-Old Oak Tree In Almería.
BOTANICAL Experts ‘The Moya Brothers’ Are Hired To Save A 1000-Year-Old Oak Tree In Serón, Almería
A famous 1000-year-old oak tree in the municipality of Serón, in the province of Almería, is the subject of a research and scientific study called the ‘Dendrological Botanical Study for the Restoration of the Natural Monument Encina de la Peana’, after it has recently shown signs of deterioration.
To aid in this study, the local association ‘Monumento Natural Encina la Peana’, has hired the services of renowned Monumental Trees, Forests and Biodiversity expert botanists, Bernabé Moya, and José Moya, who, through different instrumental tests can hopefully provide a diagnosis for the tree’s treatment.
Their team is already carrying out tests to determine the resistance of the tree’s oak wood, with the objective of finding out what proportion of it remains solid or which part is most at risk of breaking, and hope to have results of their tests in a few weeks time.
Once the study of the structure has been completed and the data analysed, the Moya brothers will have the ability to determine the characteristics that the structure that supports the tree should have, with Bernabé Moya commenting, “this natural monument deserves the same treatment and has the same recovery rights as any other known monument in the world”.
This ancient tree has long been declared a Natural Monument of Andalucía, and Moya regards the Holm oak de la Peana as one of the most important and valuable monumental trees in all of Spain “for its botanical, historical, ecological, and social value. The specimen shows good vigor, but in mid-2020 a series of signs appeared on the trunk and some main branches that showed a biomechanical weakness”.
For the botanist, these types of structural problems can be solved if they are provided with a series of support and support systems and a follow-up in the evolution of their state of health, as reported by diariodealmeria.es.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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