From the farm to your table

10 years of excellence, Adeje Farmers Market

The Adeje department of the environment, presided over by Councillor Esther Rivero Vargas, is organising a series of activities this Sunday, December 9th, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the Adeje Farmers Market, which, every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, brings the best, “from the farm to your table”.

“Since the Farmers Market has been in operation the public has been able to enjoy quality local fresh produce, grown by people who live in or near the borough and we have seen how the Farmers Market has also become a tool for social and economic growth in the rural areas of Adeje, which is something to be proud of as the produce also meets all of the EU standards for quality and healthy eating”, said the councillor.

She continued, “Freshness, quality and an excellent choice along with accessible prices have been the standards set by this market over its ten years and all of our stall holders have played an important part in the evolution of the market. Today a lot of hotels and restaurants opt for local produce because they know it offers excellence in taste, texture and quality in preparing their menus”.

The produce on sale every week incudes fruit and vegetables, flowers, crafts, cakes and biscuits, honeys, cheeses, meats, and wines. And this Sunday the Adeje council is inviting everyone to join them in celebrating this special day. From 11am there will be show cooking with Pablo Pastor using produce from the market, followed by a tasting with live background music provided by Grupo Chabor. All of the stall holders will be receiving a small gift in appreciation of their work over the years, and there will be a photo-call opportunity for all those who drop in to shop during the morning. The market is open from 8am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you seen a fallen Cory Shearwater? Call 112!

The Adeje council through the department of the environment under councillor Esther Rivero, are reminding the public that this is the time of the year when a large number of young birds are taking their first flight over the sea. Many of the young Cory Shearwaters can become disoriented and can fly off their path towards the sea and fall to earth. This year’s campaign is dated for this time of the month as the new moon affects the flights of the chicks.

The councillor noted that “Adeje has a large Cory Shearwater population given the amount of ravines and mountains in the borough, and in fact it is one of the better places for their observation and conservation.”

There is a protocol to follow if you find one of these young Cory’s Shearwaters lost or injured – call 112 or 922 445 777 (9am – 11pm) and tell them where exactly the bird is. The second number is that of Centro de Recuperación de Fauna Silvestre, and they will send one someone trained in dealing with these young lost birds.

While it is not advised, if you need to pick up the bird before the authorities arrive do so with extreme caution as their beaks are sharp and strong, so use of gloves and a towel is advised. Once you have picked up the bird, place it in a box with air holes and keep it in a safe quiet place. Do not constrict the bird’s wings, and don’t give the bird food or liquid.

Given the high Shearwater population in Adeje, the councillor says this campaign this year can also be seen as a good tool to teach the local population more about this species who also live in our borough. “We can learn to know, admire, value and care for these ‘Adeje birds’, birds that play an essential part in our environmental balance”, she added.

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Remembering those gone before…

All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are busy days for cemeteries in Spain

The Adeje council have been busy making sure the municipal cemetery is ready for the many extra visitors expected over the coming days, with November 1st and 2nd marking All Saint’s Day and All Souls’ Day respectively. These are celebrated national (and internationally) with extra masses, and families taking time to visit the cemeteries where loved ones have been laid to rest.

The Adeje cemetery will be open to the public today and tomorrow from 8am to 6pm and on November 1st and 2nd from 8am to 8pm. In preparation for the visits the council have been working to make sure the cemetery is in top condition for families who will visit this week, cleaning, painting, planting new flowers in the different patios, etc.

The councillor with responsibility for the area, Esther Rivero Vargas, commented, “these are important days for the public, when we pay respect to those who have gone before us, and we know it’s essential that the cemetery is in top condition for those families who will be visiting, as it’s a very relevant date for them”. She added that the goal was always to make the place “one of tranquillity and harmony”.

Extra masses:

Wed Oct 31st
5pm: La Milagros Tijoco – La Hoya
6pm: Santa Ursula Mártir
7pm: San José, Los Olivos

Thur Nov 1st: All Saints Day
9.30am: Adeje Cemetery chapel
10am: Armeñime
11am: Santa Ursula Mártir
12 noon: Callao Salvaje
12.30pm: Adeje Cemetery chapel
6.30pm: Adeje Cemetery chapel followed by a blessing of the niches.

Fri Nov 2nd: All Souls Day
9am: Adeje Cemetery chapel
6pm: Adeje Cemetery chapel
6pm: Armeñime
6pm: Fañabe
7.30pm: La Caleta

 

 

 

Back to school (at last!)

Adeje council, through the departments of Education, Works, and Social Services (headed by Adolfo Alonso Ferrera and Esther Rivero Vargas) has been busy during the summer months, and last week the two councillors visited the boroughs’ six public schools to view for themselves the reformation work that has been carried out in each centre.

“With the improvements we are not simply meeting the needs of our education centres, but working to improve student safety in school and upgrading classrooms and recreation zones”, said the councillors.

All of the six primary public schools have been painted, damp treated, tiles and lights replaced.  The work has also seen an improvement in playgrounds, toilets, including better conditions for those students with mobility issues, and where relevant, work on school farms has also been completed.

 

The cost of the work is in the region of €80 thousand and further work is on the cards during the Christmas holidays in December.  The councillors said that being able to schedule work twice a year means the council can attend to school needs in a more efficient manner.

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Employment scheme will see rural spaces improved

 

Adeje council department of economic development and employment and of the environment, in partnership with the social services ministry, have initiated a new plan for rural employment – PER, which will see improvements to many rural zones in the borough. “The scehme will also see more people employed, working to recover ethnographic values and improve the midlands of Adeje”, commented the councillors Manuel Luis Méndez Martín and María Esther Rivero Vargas.

“This project allows us to meet a number needs. One one hand we can offer employment to persons between 35 – 60 years who are currently without work, and at the same time improve rural parts of our borough, areas that are visited by the public and have an ethnographic value”.

Those who can take part in the scheme will be offered work for three months, and will receive training and information regarding the zones in which they will be working, which will probably include La Quinta, Ifonche, Taucho, La Concepción and Tijoco Alto. “We hope the work will contribute to raise general awareness of the value of our environment and the need to care for it among other things”,the councillors added.

 

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Planting good ideas!

Yesterday (Wednesday June 6th) a group of students from the Los Olivos secondary school presented two projects to the Adeje environment councillor Esther Rivero Vargas, “Vigilantes de la Naturaleza” (nature vigilance) and “NaturAdeje” (Nature Adeje), the latter having already won a national competition organsied by CEDRO.

During the presentation the groups presented their proposals and conclusions. Regarding the “Vigilantes de la Naturaleza” students outlined the need to defend and co-exist with local flora and fauna if our local environment was to survive. “Natur Adeje” works to highlight the value of the natural resources Adeje offers and encourages the public to ask questions about the resources and changes in the local environment and why they are happening, and if such changes should and can be avoided.

The students have geo-localised 9,000 points of interest in the borough identifying a huge variety of both indigenous and invasive plant species. The study was carried out under the criteria laid down by the Nature 2000, an EU protection plan concerning the study of birds and habitats.

For councillor Rivero Vargas “this initiative has been seen a huge boost for the local administration, you have helped us enormously in creating an x-ray of the borough in this regard and we are in no doubt that we will be using much of the results you have presented and examining the solutions you propose”. Some of the suggestions are already mirrored in the council’s Adeje 2020 plan and the councillor stated that seeing similar proposals from the borough’s younger people was significant. “We are on the right tract”, she said.

Among the proposals are the vigilance of zones that are home to exotic flora that may be affected by invasive plants and the replanting and growing of indigenous plants. The students are also suggesting the creation of a volunteer environmental network which will work to supply information about local ‘hot spots’.

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Parks and gardens matter!

 

The Adeje department of parks and gardens, under Councillor Esther Rivero Vargas, has recently published details of the work being carried out through the department of services, EMSA, which tends 205 hectares of public green spaces.

The budget for 2018 in the area is being used to improve and maintain the public parks and green sections, “which are very much appreciated by our residents and tourists”, with seasonal flowers in certain parts of the borough, forming part of the overall image of Adeje. The teams also are charged with plant care and pruning.

“The key to the recent improvement in the service has been the qualifications of those working in the area, divided into 17 distinct sections given the varied geography of Adeje, allocating the correct machinery and expertise needed for each zone”; said the councillor. She added that over the year, given the work needed to be done, the team had increased from 47 to 62 trained individuals, with more jobs being created in the division.

To make sure the work is up to required standards those workers are also given on-going training in relevant area, including improvements in gardening skills, machine operation, fumigation treatments, tree and palm pruning, etc, Proper use of some of the new machinery also means less time used in public disruption during pruning operations.

In the playgrounds the team have been in to carry out cleaning and pest removals as well as inspections and reparations of any playground installations. They also work directly with other teams on public municipal events such as Easter Week, local fiestas, etc.

While the crews are dedicated to keeping all the different neighbourhoods in the borough looking good, the councillor said one of the areas under constant review is the cemetery, “as we understand that people do want to make sure their loved ones are in a place that is well looked after, and we do take special care with the gardens here and take note of people’s wishes – they want and have asked for a space that exudes peace, tranquillity, a place of retreat”, she explained.

 

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Switch off on Saturday!

 

On Saturday March 24th Adeje council will turn off most of the borough’s municipal lighting on buildings from 8.30pm to 9.30pm, as part of Earth Hour, an event hosted by the WWF and now celebrated all over the world annually.

“Here in Adeje we are taking part in this global symbolic gesture against climate change and for the care of our environment. Our commitment to our planet is strong, and here, in the borough, we have been changing over the lighting on our street lamps to more sustainable bulbs, and increasing the number of public green zones, thus contributing to the improvement in air quality” explained Adeje councillor for the environment Esther Rivero Vargas.

Earth Hour began in 2007, and Adeje signed up in 2012 and have taken part annually ever since then. The councillor says, “Every little bit helps, and if millions of people make small changes we can build a future based on clean energies for the benefit of the planet.”

During the hour in question the lights along the Fañabe beach will be turned off as will those lighting up the Casa Fuerte, the exteriors of municipal sports centres, cultural centres, the main Town Hall, the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA) and other public buildings. In parks, along some tourist zones, and in the Plaza de España, lighting will be reduced.

The WWF Earth Hour is now marked in over seven thousands towns and cities and the Adeje council are inviting residents to take part in the initiative too.

 

 

 

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Cemetery ready for family visits

 

The Adeje Council has been working to get the local town cemetery ready for visits of the public this week, during All Saints day and All Souls day, with November 1st a public holiday.

Alongside the preparations in the cemetery, there will be additional masses held in the parish. The cemetery will remain open on October 30th and 31st from 8am to 6pm and from 8am to 8pm on November 1st and 2nd.

In the municipal cemetery the chapel has been repainted, many of the niches have been repaired where needed and the garden and green zones attended too, with new seasonal flowers planted. The metal gates have also been cleaned.

According to the councillor with responsibility Esther Rivero Vargas, ”this is an important time for our families when we remember those who have died and the council works annually to make sure the cemetery is in prime condition for the many visitors we will receive over the coming days. It’s important that people feel that this is a place of peace and harmony”. She said.

Those who will be visiting the cemetery will also be able to depend on the help of cemetery staff who will be in attendance during the week.

There will be special masses tomorrow (Tuesday October 31st) in the parishes of La Milagrosa, Tijoco La Hoya (5pm), Santa Ursula Mártir, Adeje town (6pm), San José, Los Olivos (7pm). On Wednesday there will be masses in the cemetery chapel at 9.30am and 12.30pm, in Armeñime (10am), Callao Salvaje (12 noon), San Sebastián (5pm.) and at 6.30pm there will be a mass in the Cemetery crypt with the Adeje School of Music chamber choir and that mass will be followed by a blessing of the niches.

On November 2nd, All Souls Day, there will be masses in the cemetery chapel at 9am and 5.30pm, and in Tijoco – La Hoya (6pm) and in Los Olivos (8pm).

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Everything ready for ‘back to school’

 

Adeje’s schools are ready to receive the hundreds of students who are finishing up their summer holidays this weekend. Primary schools reopen their doors on Monday September 11th and the borough’s secondary schools on Wednesday September 13th.

During the months of July and August the council have invested over €50,000 in repairs to centres in the borough. The Adeje education councillor, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera says “this year we have invested money in improvements in all of the borough’s public centres following specific requests from the schools and the works carried out have improved security for pupils in the schools too”.

The works were carried out in conjunction with the department of works and local development under councillors Esther Rivero Vargas and Manuel Luis Méndez Martín. In Fañabe the entrance to the school has been upgraded with resurfacing and improvements to the park as well as an improvement in telecommunications in the school. In Adeje Casco the pavement outside the school’s main lower gate has been extended to offer greater safety to pupils, there is a ramp for those with reduced mobility, the steps to the courts have been improved and there is a new zone for the AMPA (parents’ association).

In Los Olivos the canteen floor has been renewed and there is a new archive area. In Las Torres the school farm has been completed, in Armeñime the sports courts have been resurfaced, the gardens and the school farm upgraded, and in Tijoco Bajo there is a new pavement with adapted paving and the centre’s façade is being redecorated.

While the secondary schools are actually run by a separate body, the council have met some of their outstanding needs and will be installing a new pedestrian access to the IES Adeje II (El Galeón) and installing benches in the IES Adeje I (Los Olivos) patios.

Sanitation facilities have been repaired in all of the borough’s infant and primary schools, classrooms and communal areas painted and garden and greens attended too. Adolfo Alonso Ferrrera: “We have been able to work to meet the requests of the schools in the borough as it is important that the centres are ready for the start of the 2017/2018 academic year. We hope that the students can look forward to a year full of hope, learning and discovery”.

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