celebración del Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente

Orihuela’s Palm Grove vibrates in celebration of World Environment Day

Hundreds of people came to the Palmeral de Orihuela last Saturday to participate in the activities organised by the Town Hall to celebrate World Environment Day, which is officially commemorated today, 5th June.

The day kicked off with sport, with zumba by Urban Fitness. Afterwards, the children and their families were able to enjoy the inflatables, climbing wall, zip line, the different children’s workshops, as well as the palm tree planting workshop. Almost nine hundred were germinated. They are now in the greenhouse and those that succeed will be planted in the coming years.

Around midday the day was officially opened by the councillor for the Environment, Guillermo Cánovas, who was accompanied by the councillor for Social Welfare, Mari Carmen Moreno. The councillors, the head of the social work of Caja Rural Central, Lourdes Martínez, and the director of the EASDO, Juanjo Pérez, presented the prizes for the II Palmeral de Orihuela Photography Competition. The winners of this contest were first prize for Alberto Calleja, second prize for Gerardo Cayuelas and in third place was Cristian Agulló. The EASDO winners were Yeray Baldó, Javier Murcia and Miriam Pastor. Afterwards, the exhibition, which will remain in the Interpretation Centre until autumn, was inaugurated, and there was an exhibition of palm tree climbing and white palm plaiting.

In the afternoon, the fun continued for the children, but also for the adults who were able to enjoy the performances of Solar Djs, Deuve Djs, Instinto Primate and La Hornet until late into the night.

At seven o’clock in the evening came the decision. The first prize of 1,500 euros was won by Blai Tomás. The second prize of 750 euros went to Juan Gallego and the third prize of 500 euros was divided by the jury and two prizes were awarded to Fuensanta del Río and Rául Ibáñez.

The awards were presented by the councillor for the Environment, the representative of Actúa and the director of the EASDO.

In addition to the winners, the jury chose 16 more works which will be exhibited in the Interpretation Centre, which is expected to see the light in about a month.