5th Feb 2024 @ 9:49 am

Arrecife faces a difficult decision as to what to do with one of the oldest and largest trees in its centre.

Lancelot Digital has reported on the situation in the Plaza de las Palmas, the Manrique-designed square in front of the church of San Ginés in Arrecife, where the Saturday market takes place.

The square is home to a large Indian fig tree whose roots have been causing constant problems with the paving stones in the square., As a result of cracks and missing stones, at least two visitors to the square have suffered falls in recent years.

While some have called for the tree to be removed, the city’s heritage department has opposed this solution. Arrecife council has proposed extending the planters that restrict the tree’s roots, but the heritage department also believes this will alter the appearance of the square.

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