Planning rules relating to palm trees

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  • #55779
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    I’m being told that palm trees in my community’s gardens cannot be reduced in height as there is a general, legal prohibition against cutting or trimming such items.

    We situated between Marbella and San Pedro.

    Is such a rule likely to be true or am I just being fobbed off?

    Thanks if you can assist,

    Gerry

  • #100199
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    Fuengi (Andrew)
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    in my experience that is correct, legally you cannot cut them down, regardless if they take you view etc… your only hope is the palm weevil!

  • #100201
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    How do you reduce a palm tree in height?

  • #100202
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    @marjal wrote:

    How do you reduce a palm tree in height?

    Make the trunk shorter! 😆

  • #100203
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    @marjal wrote:

    How do you reduce a palm tree in height?

    Make the trunk shorter! 😆 (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)

  • #100204
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    Actually, I was thinking the same thing! 😆

    I suppose they mean trimming the top (pruning?)

    I can’t see how scraping and pruning the tree can be illegal. I would have thought that cutting it down is the problem.

  • #100205
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    Thanks, that is the heart of my query – The President of the Community has specifically told me that the palm trees cannot be pruned as if this is a general legal rule which seems really odd. I doubt that these trees have the equivalent of Tree Preservation Orders on them,

    Gerry

  • #100206
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    I have seen Council workers in Marbella pruning them. I dont know if the were sick or not. In so far as tree preservation is goes. In Spain the people dont respect the preservation of life or people’s weath. A tree has a fat chance.

  • #100207
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    I have seen Council workers in Marbella pruning them. I dont know if the were sick or not. In so far as tree preservation is goes. In Spain the people dont respect the preservation of life or people’s weath. A tree has a fat chance.

  • #100208
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    I have never heard of any restrictions on pruning palm trees or even cutting them down. Don’t know how you could reduce the size though but I think you are being fobbed off. The only protected trees I know of are Pine and Cork trees.

  • #100209
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    I’m no gardening or botanical expert, but as far as I know it healthy for a palm tree to be pruned once a year. I’m sure if you google it there must be plenty info on the subject. I also think you are being fobbed off, perhaps because the community would be looking to pay 50-100 € for pruning from a “palmero” (traditional palm tree pruner).

  • #100210
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    Many thanks, I’ll try again!

  • #100212
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    @gerryep wrote:

    The President of the Community has specifically told me that the palm trees cannot be pruned as if this is a general legal rule which seems really odd.

    It can’t be illegal as every year many palm trees are pruned in Elche. I’m wondering if he was meaning you can not prune the height of a palm tree because it would risk killing it, as against a legal reason.

    However I think you can only cut the under-leaves. So if you are looking for overall height-reduction, I don’t think it’s possible unless you go Claire’s route. 🙂

  • #100215
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    Sorry!

    I read it has you want to cut it down!

    By the way just been asking a friend, ((supposedly) only Eucalyptus trees and protected in Spain.

  • #100216
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    There are lots of protected areas in Andalucía. There are some in marbella (my house overlooked a protected area of pines and cork trees) A friend in Las Chapas received a fine for cutting some pine trees down in his garden. Some protected areas were chopped down in the GIL era.

    One here

    http://www.haciendaelviria.net/

    Never heard of palms being protected though, if they are not given a poda every year or so then the lower fronds drop to nearly ground level.

  • #100220
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    In Elche they are protected, those in the Palmeral. An adult palm tree can sell for up to 6000 €, so I don’t think its in anybody’s interest to cut it down.

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