French town re-plants 2,000-year-old olive tree

29th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

ROYAN, France, April 29 (AFP) - The French Atlantic resort town of Royan has replanted a gnarled Spanish olive tree close to 2,000 years' old as a symbol of peace and eternity.

ROYAN, France, April 29 (AFP) - The French Atlantic resort town of Royan has replanted a gnarled Spanish olive tree close to 2,000 years' old as a symbol of peace and eternity.  

The tree made the 600-kilometre (360-mile) trip to the southwest of France from the Spanish village of Calig, between Barcelona and Valencia, on a truck, protected by sacking and plastic sheeting.  

 Jean-Philippe Marcade, the head of the seven-hectare (18-acre) Gardens of the World in Royan, where the olive will be the main attraction, said he saw the tree in a Spanish garden shop as he was driving past.  

"I fell in love with it straight away," he said.  

The tree, planted Wednesday, weighed around 16 tonnes.  

The trunk has a circumference of seven metres (23 feet) one metre (three feet) up from the ground. As olive trees increase their girth by 40 centimetres every 100 years, that puts it at 1,800 to 2,000 years' old - probably beginning life when the region was part of the Roman empire.

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