VEGETATION. María Gámez planted a tree in Los Tres Jardines woodland park / J-L
The largest woodland park in Malaga province is nearing completion. Los Tres Jardines, whose name means The Three Gardens, is situated in the Junta de Andalucía's former nursery and garden centre in San Pedro de Alcántara, and the works are now more than 80 per cent complete. By the time it is finished, Los Tres Jardines woodland park will have cost more than five million euros, and it is expected to open to the public in the Spring of 2010. The regional government's representative in the province, María Gámez, visited the project recently, accompanied by the provincial Environmental delegate, Remedios Martel, the Environmental representative for Marbella, Antonio Espada, and other councillors from Marbella Town Hall.
This new 'green lung' for Malaga province is 9.5 hectares in size and is being financed entirely by the Andalusian government. It will be planted with more than 10,500 trees, which are spread among three gardens of different styles: a Mediterranean garden, an Arabic garden and a Tropical garden. “The aim of this project is to create a large public space with all the equipment and infrastructure necessary to enable local people to enjoy it and make use of it. It will also be a tourist attraction and will help Marbella to recover its reputation as a tourist destination par excellence”, explained María Gámez.
Remedios Martel stressed that the works are being carried out in accordance with the strictest environmental criteria. The project optimises resources related to sustainable development such as the use of solar energy and an irrigation system which uses waste water from the Estepona treatment plant.
At the moment, workers are installing pumps for a drip irrigation system which will feed the areas which have already been planted. “These parks truly combine open air and ecology”, commented María Gámez, adding that efforts have been made to ensure that the paths into the park will also be accessible by people with limited mobility so that the gardens really are available to everybody.
This “eco-park” as Remedios Martel describes it because of its rational consumption of energy and water, will also contain recreational areas, children’s playgrounds and a rural tourism information centre.