Hours before the authorities of Mexico City remove La Palma de Reforma from the base of the roundabout, hundreds of people have gathered at that point to say goodbye to the mythical tree, which was affected by a fungus that has forced that must be removed.
Since the morning of this Sunday, April 24, both families and individuals have been around La Palma carrying out different actions, from rituals of gratitude to Mother Earth, such as prayers for the “rest of the soul” of the tree.
Likewise, there are those who have taken the opportunity to take a souvenir photo of one of the urban icons of one of the main avenues of the country’s capital.
It is expected to be at 5:00 p.m. this Sunday when the withdrawal ceremony from La Palma begins, headed by the head of government, Claudia Sheinbaum.
“Unfortunately La Palma has a fungus, can’t be saved”, assured the president of the capital.
“Let’s give him a goodbye, we are going to make a symbolic retreat, for what it represents in the history of the city. We will do this retreat on Sunday afternoon-night. We are going to take it to the Nezahualcóyotl Nursery. You have to do a treatment and then we have asked a group of young artists who can intervene it and it can be placed somewhere”, he added.
After the withdrawal, Sheinbaum Pardo informed that a Public consultation to decide what a new tree will be placed in the Roundabout where it is currently located The Palm. This consultation will take place on the platform Public plaza.
“It can be a palm tree, but also a grevilleaa kapoka jacarandaan ash treean ahuehuete. You cannot put any species due to the climatic conditions of the place. Obviously we would not plant a small specimen, but a large one so that it has a worthy place on Paseo de la Reforma”, he pointed out.
Likewise, the former delegate of Tlalpan assured that the decision to tear down La Palma she didn’t take itbut a expert committee who has been working to save the city’s palms.
With information and photos by Jardiel Palomec.