Nerja's botanic garden.
Nerja's botanic garden. / E.C.

Junta hopes to open botanic gardens despite dispute over management

  • The Junta de Andalucía has announced its intention to open the garden this year, but a dispute has broken out between the body and the Nerja Caves Foundation

The Junta de Andalucía has this week announced its intention to open Nerja's botanic garden this year, three years after work was finished on the site next to the Nerja caves.

José Luis Ruiz Espejo, Malaga's representative from the Junta, told SUR that he hoped it would be open to the public by summer.

However, there is a dispute between the Junta de Andalucía and the Nerja Caves Foundation as to which body should be responsible for its management.

"Due to its proximity it's the ideal complement to the caves and it would be logical to look for a way to manage them together," Ruíz Espejo told SUR, adding that he was due to meet with managers of the foundation to discuss the issue soon.

However, the foundation responded by saying that it doesn't have the human resources available to manage both entities and that, as a botanic garden, it should be part of the network of 11 such places across Andalucía and as such, managed by the Junta.