The Base of Seron requires assistance. The holm oak, a landmark of Seron's municipality, needs help.
This organization was established in the first months this year with the sole purpose of raising funds for the necessary intervention to preserve the tree's historic status. Manuel Perez Sola (the president of the association) acknowledged that "we are talking about significant amounts". However, he said that "the tree's age, its significance and the fact that it has been designated a Natural Monument since 2019," is sufficient to show that it is a worthwhile investment.
La Peana is one of Andalusia's oldest trees. It has a crack in its trunk, and one of its main branches may be in danger. The tree was saved by the Seron City Council, and a contractor, who placed construction props to stop further damage. Experts say that this is not enough. A tailored system must be developed to protect the oak's roots and branches, which is a thousand years old. The project is already in place and comes at a substantial cost.
Yesterday morning's act was held in Seron's main square. Perez Sola wanted the public to see the future of the Base.
This act included the president of the "Monumento Natural Encina de la Peana" association; Juan Antonio Lorenzo, the mayor of Seron; Santiago Alfonso, Vice President of Communication at the Cosentino Group; and the painter Andres Garca Ibanez. The artist's involvement is so strong that he has recently protested against the loss of the Base. Garcia Ibanez created an "in situ" portrait of the tree.
The association will present its project in Seron after the presentation. It is currently in contact with both public administrations as well as private companies in order to raise all necessary funds. A crowdfunding campaign was also created to help those interested in joining this cause, which unites nature and history.