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The Orihuela Costa will soon become the home for around a hundred new shrubs, after the town hall applied for them as part of the day of the tree celebrations later this month. The regional government had asked for applications for up to 800 trees as part of their green campaign, eventually offering Orihuela just 290. Of those being received, a third will be planted in the coastal zone on the 30th of January, in preparation for the day of the tree, which is celebrated on the 31st of January across Valencia.


Heavy plant machinery arrived at the Cala Mosca cliff top this week, after reports that a large piece of land, which has been separated from the main landmass for many years, was becoming more unstable. The town hall had requested permission from the coastal department of Alicante to rectify the potentially dangerous fault, with Alicante acting immediately in sending inspectors and then the equipment to remove the extension, knocking it into the land and sea area below, thus rendering it safe in a very quick time.


The councillor for the environment in the Orihuela municipality, Manuel Gallud of the Los Verdes green party, has announced that work on the new cycle path scheme he announced for the Orihuela Costa at the end of last year has now begun. Similar to other campaigns which have seen green areas renovated in a number of areas around the municipality, the work is being completed by a group of previously long term unemployed residents, who are now working on temporary contracts where they will be taught key skills in both the classroom and at a practical level in the hope of learning new abilities to assist them in securing a permanent position with other companies in the future.

The new routes will primarily connect the existing cycle path which runs along the N-332 main road with the beach areas, where the town hall will also be creating special bike parking for those who use the new routes. There are 1,139 metres in Campoamor which will connect to Cabo Roig, as well as 1,944 metres in La Zenia to connect La Zenia with Cabo Roig and 2,816 metres in Cabo Roig to reach the different beaches. Unable to create new pathways apart from where they already exist, many of the cycle routes will share space on the existing roads, forming a network of shared traffic routes, similar to many other areas across Spain, although it should be noted that on these shared lanes cycles have priority.


Having notices many of these new green areas appear on the coast, part of the no so-called “Green Corridor”, a number of urbanization presidents and resident representatives have contacted the town hall to see how they can be involved in improving the area. Within the next few weeks, the councillor for the coast, Martina Scheurer, in collaboration with the environment department run by Manuel Gallud, are planning to hold a conference in the Orihuela Costa town hall, where presentations and suggestions will be made as to how communities can get involved in creating new or refreshed green areas, without risking the existing ecosystems, which has sometimes been the case in the past when invasive plants have planted in gardens, without the well-meaning gardener being aware of the implications of some of the plants sold readily in many garden centres, many of which have wiped out protected specimens which are natural and some unique to the area.

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