Planning rules relating to palm trees

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    • #55779
      Anonymous
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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
      Fuengi (Andrew)
      Participant

      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
      Anonymous
      Participant

      How do you reduce a palm tree in height?

    • #100202
      Anonymous
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      @marjal wrote:

      How do you reduce a palm tree in height?

      Make the trunk shorter! 😆

    • #100203
      Anonymous
      Participant

      @marjal wrote:

      How do you reduce a palm tree in height?

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

    • #100204
      Anonymous
      Participant

      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
      Anonymous
      Participant

      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
      Anonymous
      Participant

      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
      Anonymous
      Participant

      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
      katy
      Spectator

      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
      Anonymous
      Participant

      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
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Many thanks, I’ll try again!

    • #100212
      Anonymous
      Participant

      @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
      Fuengi (Andrew)
      Participant

      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
      katy
      Spectator

      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
      Anonymous
      Participant

      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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