San Isidro to begin El Olivar tree maintenance

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The Municipality of San Isidro is on a mission to save El Olivar Park’s trees. What would El Olivar Park be without its olive trees?

San Isidro wants to maintain trees in the park, not only for the clean air and shade the trees provide but as well for their historical significance to the region.

For decades, the olive trees that have been in the El Olivar forest have not received adequate treatment that the species and their environment require, resulting in the current critical state, said the Mayor of San Isidro according to El Comercio

According to study samples collected between June and July, they have realized the trees are suffering severe deterioration by insects such as maggots and mealybugs (fungus also detected).

The studies by the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina found that 75% of the more than 2,800 trees at the park are affected.

Therefore San Isidro is planning to prune 2,000 starting August 10. They hope to ensure their preservation and the environment that covers about 10 hectares in San Isidro.

El Olivar was declared an historical monument in 1969 by the former National Institute of Culture, which is today the Ministry of Culture. The Municipality of San Isidro in Lima will begin pruning 2,000 trees this month.

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Hillary Ojeda

Hillary moved to Peru in August of 2014 to learn Spanish, live with her family, and pursue writing. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca, Hillary earned her B.A. in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. Since moving to Peru she drinks fermented potato and coca concoctions daily and is enjoying learning about the abundant and natural andean foods of the country. Hillary hopes one day to become an investigative journalist. You can follow her blog.