Trees, old friends
With the arrival of spring, old branches flourish with budding shoots. The start of higher temperatures help small leaves timidly appear, covering our old friends the trees with a green blanket. This is a great time to discover the world of plants and understand their movements and tiny pulsations... it is a great time to rediscover the somewhat forgotten friendship of our old friends, the trees.
It was probably the slow, decisive rhythm which gave a symbolic, sacred nature to the tree in ancient times. While human generations are renewed... the majestic tree remains in its place, as a symbol of environmental stability
Old cultures worshipped these old trees. In each and every culture we can find symbols linked to their worship. They are found in the first myths and stories of our origins... Underneath their branches justice was administered in the Middle Ages, and the circle of life of different species was used by Celts to count the passage of time on their famous calendar. But times have changed, and now powerful excavators are capable of pulling up trees by their roots and moving them to wherever... So, for years age old olive trees have been taken from our land to form parts of gardens or green areas, where if they manage to survive at all, they will always look strange.
Therefore, it is important in today’s world, to search for and maintain meeting points where the tree is a reference. The celebratory International Day of Forests and the documentation of unique, monumental trees belong to a line of initiatives which gives us an excuse to get closer to these living things, which for many reasons we could consider as “old friends”.
Las Terres de l’ Ebre, recently recognized as a Biosphere Reserve, with its enormous size and variety of landscapes, is home to a large number of plant communities, with extremely interesting endemic species and numerous monumental trees which are documented and protected because of their spectacular characteristics.
With this in mind, Gubiana dels Ports, a company with more than 13 years experience in the tourism and environment sector, and recent prize-winners for their work at the II edition of the Catalonia Responsible Tourism Awards, are beginning 2015 with new proposals, among which is a series of nature activities. These are directed at advancing knowledge and respect for the longest living things on our land, age old trees, whilst at the same time giving us the chance to enjoy their beauty and experience the magic around us. Furthermore, trees are not isolated beings, so with the excuse of visiting them we can discover forests and rich, varied eco-systems around us, and enjoy a glimpse of wildlife such as the Spanish ibex or birds of prey in flight, easily identified by their appearance and distinctive plight pattern.
Series of activities “Trees are old friends”, Gubiana dels Ports 2015
Sunday. Educational trekking. One day.
Trip to Tejos del Marturi (Els Ports Nature Park)
To celebrate the International Day of Forests and the arrival of spring (21) we will embrace one of the oldest and most concealed trees in Terres de l’Ebre.
You can also see the plants living in the rocky limestone terrain of Marturi.
Morning Olives. Guided trip and tasting of olive oil at a plantation with thousand year old olive trees.
Situated in L’Arión and terraced up to Godall mountain range, the plantation you are going to visit comprises examples of spectacular thousand year old olive trees, which compete between them for being the most beautiful, as if it were a “Beauty Competition for famous stars”. Pop, Drac, Mater, Mur... Which one is your favourite?
Sunday. Educational trekking. One day.
Trip to Mola de Catí. Pine groves, peonies and medicinal plants.
Spring arrives late in the higher grounds of Els Ports, so to see peonies in their full glory you have to wait until the second half of May and climb 1,300m. You will also discover the aromatic and medicinal plants living in Mola and their former uses.
Saturday. Educational trekking. Afternoon.
Sunset in Barcina. Plants adapting to double sloped environments.
This route to Barcina peak and Puntes del Portell gives you the chance to discover how trees and shrubs adapt to the harshness of weather in places where the wind and cold reign for most of the year. Observe goats and vultures.
Throughout the year we also organize Full moon dinners at the thousand year old olive tree plantation.(View video)
Consult the Gubiana dels Ports Agenda of activities
More information and registration forms on the web or Gubiana blog