The most famous palms in Cabanyal as well as a gigantic 60-year-old Ficus, will now be officially protected by the City Council.
The Department of Urban Development and Renovation led by the vice mayor, Sandra Gómez has prepared the Special Plan for the Protection and Interior Reform of Cabanyal-Canyamelar that will for time being take care of fifteen palm trees cataloged as monumental. All of those trees are around twenty meters high with trunks reaching diameters of up to two meters in some cases. Within this protection framework, the Valencia City Council has also requested the Generalitat to include a 60-year-old Ficus Elastica Decora in the catalog of monumental trees. This tree exceeds 15 meters in height and its crown has a diameter of 25 meters.
Most of the protected palms in Cabanyal are date palms (Phoenix dactylifera) and can be found in pairs or groups of three on Barraca Street or Doctor Lluch Street. One of the trees included in the list is a Canary Island palm tree (Phoenix canariensis) situated in the Plaza Hòmens de la Mar, whose crown has a diameter of more than seven meters. Another tree from the list, is a Mexican Washingtonia palm (Washingtonia robusta) standing at the corner of Tarongers Avenue and Calle Progréso. The famous ficus that might be classified as a monumental tree is on a plot of land on Drassanes street.
According to the statement from the ministry, the “Special protection plan for Cabanyal”, (still not presented to the public) will take into the account the importance of the traditional historical nucleus of Cabanyal; the churches of Our Lady of the Angels, of Our Lady of the Rosary or of Christ the Redeemer; the Serra mill that houses the Rice Museum; three chimneys from old industrial facilities on Vicent Brull and Arquitecte Alfaro streets; the headquarters of the Fishermen’s Union Musical Society; the Ice Factory; the old slaughterhouse “L’Escorxador”; the old Soler cooperative as well as several industrial warehouses.
The list is quite extensive, and a few more trees will be added, as well as other important points of environmental and visual interest such as Cabanyal beach, the green area of the Paseo de Neptuno, the Doctor Lluch and La Remunta parks, the gardens on Mart Grajales street, and the Doctor Llorenç de la Flor square.