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24/03/2022 - 13:50
The “Avenida de la Constitución” is one of the most emblematic avenues in the old quarter of Seville, Spain.
It has countless architectural gems, including the Town Hall, the Cathedral and the Archive of the Indies.
Seventeen years ago, 16 large trees were felled for the tramway works. Although these trees were already in poor condition, the intention of the then government was to replace them. In order to provide more shade in the area in front of the Archive, the consultants opted to plant jacarandas. This tree grows to a height of 12 to 14 metres with a striking blue-violet blossom twice a year.
At the end of February, plant holes of one square metre were dug into the pavement.
On the 15th of March the first four trees were planted in the presence of the mayor.
The soil that was added to the plant holes is the same Seville’s Parks and Gardens Division uses for the bulk of their new plantings and for the replanting of dead trees. It is a sandy-loam soil from Vega del Guadalquivir with a good organic matter content supplemented with 1.5 kg of TerraCottem soil conditioner.
The city obtains good results with this mixture: a survival rate of 90% with vandalism being the major cause of tree loss.
Javier Gómez Garcimartín, tree officer at Seville City Council's Parks and Gardens Service comments:
"TerraCottem increases the water availability for the trees. It gives us a planting guarantee so that we minimise the need to replant trees".
Apart from the visual spectacle offered by the jacarandas in bloom, they will provide shade for the coachmen and horses waiting for tourists who want to take a horse-drawn carriage ride in this magnificent city.
See below the pictures of:
The Cointer Seville North Trees team planting the jacarandas in front of the “Archivo de Indias”.