They are scattered throughout Galicia and they are settled like watchtowers in the Ways to Santiago. These are hundred-year living organisms which are the witness of the development of Galicia during the last centuries. We are talking about the Special Trees
They are trees or vegetable formations that for its form, age, beauty, rarity, historic or cultural value and so on; it are considered like botanical relic which are a part of the heritage of Galicia.
These natural monuments are formed by autochthonous and foreign trees. The oak is the specie most representative.
Since 2007 all of these trees and vegetable formations are registered in an index regulated by the local government. The law protects these trees and guarantees its existence although the trees are in private lands.
The index includes trees with more than five hundre years, trees with more than fourteen meters of perimeter, the highest eucalyptus in Spain or other trees which are witness of the history of Galicia, like the fig tree which was planted by Rosalía de Castro in her house in Padrón.
These special trees are respected by the citizens and they have scientific, cultural, educational, landscape and ornamental value. These natural monuments make raise one’s eyes and admire its beauty. They are looked after by the Galician people and only they are exposed to the mercy of nature.
Photos courtesy of Aarón Pita