An association is born to save the Base, the millenary oak of Serón

Neighborhood collectives and conservationists have joined in association to collect funds that allow action on the millenary holm oak known as ‘La Peana’, located in Serón, after a report from the Andalusian Board has concluded that it is in “advanced and unstoppable” deterioration process and that his death “can happen at any time” due to “structural problems” that have been detected.

The founding partners, among which are the owners of the farm where the unique tree rests, declared a Natural Monument of Andalusia, indicate that the association tries to “save him from a death foretold” and they emphasize that they are “totally convinced” that the deterioration process “it has a solution”.

In a statement sent by the Serón City Council, who has joined the initiative with the mayor, Juan Antonio Lorenzo, affirm that the objective passes “for fundraising” for your investment in “the needs of the magnificent specimen” and specifies that they will request aid for “following the guidelines of professionals and technicians, intervene to prevent their loss”.

They add the purposes are the maintenance and conservation of the millennial oak as well as its environment, raising awareness for the conservation and enhancement of the Sierra de Los Filabres as a source of natural and patrimonial wealth of its trees, unique environment and species or the raising of economic funds to develop the necessary actions.

In this, from the association, that integrates nature activists and neighbors, and that is chaired by the members of the Mediterranean Ecologist Group Manuel Pérez Sola, advance the development of activities such as the application for grants, fundraising campaigns with crowfunding or sale of merchadesing and awareness-raising events in general.

In a recent report sent to the Office of the Andalusian Ombudsman, the Board notes that, regardless of all the measures taken in recent months and “others that could be taken later”, you have to take into account the “age” of the oak and that is in “an advanced senescence process”, what turns out “unstoppable and will end with the death of the specimen as it happens with any other living being”.

“Thus, no matter how many efforts are made, it will only be possible to delay the death of this oak, what can happen at any time given the structural problems detected both inside the trunk, as in the main branches”, move.

In your report, the counseling indicates the “existing crack along its trunk” and lists the urgent measures that have been taken to “minimize as far as possible the risks that arise” this.

Details that in June 2020 evaluation of the state of ‘La Peana was evacuated’ that, since then, has been visited “every two or three days” in the Loma de Serón by an Environment agent to check the evolution of the crack.

The Board adds that between the days 11 and 14 of that month were placed on the tree, located in a private estate, struts for “support branches and prevent breakage”, and that two days later a massive work and inspection visit was carried out “in which this tree and others in the environment were checked, being able to verify damages by winds and snow”.

In the staff report of the Forest Phytosanitary Alert Network of the Department of Biological Equilibria, it is stated that, in addition to the shoring practiced in June, pruning of the main branch affected by the crack has been carried out and, also, slings to encourage pushing and joining of the parts separated by the crack.

The Office of the Andalusian Ombudsman opened action considering that the oak has a great ethnographic value since it was declared a Natural Monument in 2019 and, according to the latest catalog prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture, Cattle raising, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of the Junta de Andalucía, It is millenary and the largest in the region.

The specimen has survived thousands of years, witnessing the passage of time and the radical transformations of its environment and is one of the ancient vestiges of what was once the dominant Mediterranean forest vegetation in the Sierra de Los Filabres., witnessing the deterioration and overexploitation of the Mediterranean forest that populated the area.