The Albacete City Council will plant 413 trees of 23 different species in the coming months, a measure that is part of the 2022-2023 Tree Replacement Plan, and whose execution works began last October, with its extension scheduled until March 2023. In addition, the City Council has already started the pruning program for this campaign, as well as the planting of the fall flower.
This was detailed by the Sustainability Advisor, Julián Ramón, who reported on various issues of interest discussed during the last Sustainability Information Commission, among which the new tree replacement plan 2022-2023. “We have been saying for some time that the empty tree pits in the city are going to be replaced and that is how it will be, in the appropriate periods and times for the tree to grow properly,” the mayor said. , calling on the public to “come in Let’s all take care of new plantings so that they thrive, as many of those who die are due to vehicle collisions in single slope areas”.
The timetable for the replacement plan is presented with a weekly plan for 50 trees, the conifers having been planted during the last week of September and the first fortnight of October; In addition, the last week of October and the first two weeks of November, the perennial broadleaf type trees have been replaced and during the month of December and part of January, it will be the turn of the deciduous broadleaf type.
The Sustainability Commission has also given its approval to the pruning plan for this season which will be carried out in the trees lining the streets. Julián Ramón, who asked the public to be patient due to the street closures and the inconveniences arising from these necessary tasks so that the pruning can be carried out with the least possible incident, clarified that these works are intended to maintain the proper development of trees in the city; Remove dry, broken or malformed branches and prevent potential pests or diseases that may arise from the presence of dry or affected branches and foliage.
“With pruning, it’s about avoiding disturbing neighbors in the streets with large and medium-sized avenue trees; In addition to freeing windows, streetlights, traffic lights or power lines, avoiding the friction of branches with buildings and infrastructure, situations of discomfort and risk for pedestrian traffic or road traffic » , stressed Julián Ramón, noting that during the period of vegetative rest, which takes place between October and March, five brigades spread over four routes are active.
The rest of the year, three brigades remain active, which are responsible for carrying out the necessary pruning work, sometimes for cleaning or safety reasons, as is the case of conifers and leafy branches at risk; other times because it is recommended to prune after germination, as is the case with young trees, and other times because they are trees of ornamental species, such as prunus, cercis and ligustrum, which are pruned after flowering.
“It is important – explained the adviser – that the signs are respected and that the work areas that the brigades need are left free of vehicles, which is why we urge drivers to take into account the indications that have been placed there. previous days, because 20% of the delays in pruning work are due to this cause”.
The start of pruning during the dormant season began in October and will end on March 31. During this period, it is estimated that operators will prune nearly 12,000 trees, or 8,672 trees located in the urban core; 2,622 from the industrial area of Campollano and 682 from the neighborhoods.
The trees that will require pruning in the vegetative development are about 5,800, more precisely, there are 5,548 in the urban area; 236 in Campollano and 31 in the neighborhoods.
In addition, Julián Ramón, indicated that the maintenance service of parks and gardens of the city carries out the work of planting the flower for the winter season. “There will be some 122,450 units that will be planted to renew the floral cover, with different species, adapted to the low temperatures of the moment”, specified the city councilor, stressing that the forecast is to complete this work in January, November in which more flowers are planted.
Specifically, species such as brightly colored pansies were chosen for this campaign; the viola cornuta, a flower very similar to the pansy, but with a smaller petal; primroses; cyclamen; daffodils, wallflowers and tulips, among other varieties, to decorate and color the city’s green spaces, roundabouts, medians, squares, streets, avenues, gardens, promenades and monuments. They are species adapted to the climate of Albacete, plants that need the cold to flourish.
Finally, Julián Ramón appreciated the work of the staff of this municipal service, hardworking throughout the year, and especially in this period of pruning, replacement and planting of the autumn flower.