Fifteen artists from Almería have joined forces to hold a great charity event to save the Peana de Serón. The provincial deputy, Matilde Díaz, and the spokesperson of the Association ‘Monumento Natural Encina la Peana’, Manuel Pérez Sola, have presented ‘Artistas de Almería por la Peana’.
100% of the box office takings of this great concert – show to be held on the 15th at 20.30 in the Cervantes Theatre will go towards financing the props to support the largest tree in Andalusia, according to the latest catalogue drawn up by the Junta de Andalucía.
Matilde Díaz recalled that “this holm oak is a sample of what were the great holm oak forests of the Sierra de Los Filabres until the middle of the twentieth century, when these Mediterranean fields were transformed”.
“Today we open the house of the town councils of the province to invite all the people of Almeria to participate in this great concert. We will support this platform in the diffusion of ‘Artistas por la Peana’ and we will be at their side in all the actions that are carried out to keep it going”.
For his part, Pérez Sola described the situation of a monumental tree “not only because of its age but also because of its size”. “Its main problem came when the alarm bells went off because another holm oak collapsed in a snowfall. We set to work to analyse its condition and did some emergency shoring up”.
In this sense, he explained that they have tried to find funds to carry out a definitive intervention to keep the structure upright: “There is a precedent. It suffered from a lightning strike 200 years ago and managed to heal the wound. It is a resilient tree. What it needs now is a specialised action with 19 props costing 35,000 euros. We have the advantage that it has structural damage, but no disease”, he added.
Pérez Sola also acknowledged the good response from the region and the administrations. “In short, what we are presenting is an event that unites solidarity and culture, a concert with performances in which the artists will not be paid and in which the Cervantes Theatre has lent its facilities and technical equipment so that the proceeds will allow us to continue saving the Peana”, he added.