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The prestigious arborist expert, Gerard Passola, reviews the ficus of Santo Domingo to guarantee its correct care and recovery (01/08/2020)

Due to the orange high temperature alert and with the ultimate aim of guaranteeing the safety of the neighbors to the maximum, the Park and Garden Service carries out the alert protocol, which starts when a heat wave is detected or warnings of high temperatures, which launches an exhaustive review of the specimens by expertsThe Murcia City Council, through the Department of Urban Development and Administration Modernization led by José Guillén, continues to carry out a constant and controlled review of the more than 700 unique specimens and the nearly 120,000 trees and palm trees that there are in the gardens of the municipality of Murcia. In addition, the City Council has consulted the greatest experts on unique trees in the country, including Gerard Passola, who has visited the Plaza de Santo Domingo this week to study the state of the tree as well as other unique specimens to which a special attention. "We continue working to guarantee the safety of all our neighbors, that is our first objective.

In addition, these works will allow trees to grow healthy and strongly.

Green areas are meeting and leisure spaces for all Murcians, as well as the authentic lungs of our city, which have to be in perfect conditions since they improve the air we breathe and our quality of life "José Guillén has highlighted. The objective of this thorough review, which has been carried out branch by branch, is to guarantee the safety of the residents of the municipality, in addition to paying special attention to the trees considered as unique or unique so that they grow in perfect condition. These works are also being carried out by qualified technicians, specifically, a specialist in pruning of unique trees is in charge of reviewing the specimen to check its condition and prune branches that are dry.

After this action, it prepares a report detailing the guidelines that are necessary for its maintenance. Some of the species that predominate within the large-sized woodland are eucalyptus, ficus, platanus, casuarinas, pinus or celtis, among others, distributed both in Murcia and districts. High temperature alert protocol Likewise, following the alert protocol that is in place, when a heat wave or warnings of high temperatures are detected, as is the case today, and once these yellow, orange or red warnings are passed, the copies are reviewed by of experts.

The specialists, with the garden closed, check that no branches or the structure of the specimens have been affected. In this way, the reviews are constant, they are carried out a minimum of twice a year per copy in the case of large specimens, they are complementary to those carried out when the so-called emergency protocol is activated, which for safety limits those spaces where there may be a problem due to wind, storm episodes or extreme temperatures.During these days, special attention has been paid to the ficus of the Floridablanca Garden, Artillery Barracks and Santo Domingo.

Specifically, more than a dozen ficus are being refreshed, with a water cannon that reaches 20 meters in height, which can irrigate both the tops and bases of these large specimens. The objective is to avoid possible dehydration that may cause a branch to fall, caused by the high temperatures that we reach in our municipality. "Trees are an element of life and energy by generating numerous benefits for the environment such as combating climate change, cleaning the air, providing oxygen, cooling streets and cities, and saving water, so it must be kept in perfect condition to guarantee the safety of the neighbors and improve their quality of life "José Guillén has reported. These works are carried out for three hours a day, several times a week, when the garden is closed.

The tasks are carried out by two qualified people who, at the same time, evaluate any possible damage or alteration of the magnificent specimens that fill the municipality with oxygen and life.In addition, the green areas of the municipality have also been converted into Smart spaces, such as the ficus of Santo Domingo and Floridablanca, which are monitored in real time, guaranteeing safety for the residents of Murcia. Innovation that improves and cares for the environment Parks and Gardens also improves the care and security of the woodland with atomization technology, which serves to attack more effectively the various pests that can affect large specimens. Another of its advantages is that, thanks to its ability to spray and boost the treatment, it allows to act in places inaccessible due to its height, at the same time that it is carried out in complete safety, both for the citizen and for the technicians themselves. This system also minimizes the exposure of operators to plant protection products due to the operation of the machinery itself, which optimizes its handling when used by remote control. José Guillén has pointed out that "this is further proof of the effort to innovate to continue improving our quality of life through the care and maintenance of green areas, while reducing plant protection products and helping to care for the environment." 

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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