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Ecology in Esporles

Starting today, the Jornadas de Agroecología de Mallorca will take place from September 26th to 28th in Esporles, north west of Palma de Mallorca.

Most people know Esporles from the nearby Sa Granja, originally a Cistercian convent, and today used as a museum finca. A visit there is rewarding not only for the estate’s lovely gardens and the splendid main house but also for the wide range of exhibits relating to everyday life on a traditional Mallorcan estate, such as wool dying, an iron smith workshop, candle making, carpenter workshop, laundry washrooms, a copper smith workshop, plus subterranean dungeons from the dark times of the Inquisition, including some torture instruments.

At Sa Granja you can also find the Teix de Sa Granja d’Esporles, an exemplary yew tree (Taxus baccata), shown in the photo. This unique tree has a height of 10 m and is said to be between 800 and 1,000 years old, possibly even more. Some agro-ecology in Mallorca does indeed go back a long way.

The photo was taken from the internet; it is credited with Govern de les Illes Balears. Moltes gràcies.

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