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Fauna y flora

Walnut Tree of Uncle Eusebio in Espinoso de Compludo

Nogal del Tío Eusebio en Espinoso de Compludo The old walnut tree in Espinoso is one of the few survivors among those great walnut trees which were planted in the villages of the mountain and which were cut in a hurry in the forties and the fifties.

The considerable amount of money obtained after the sale was an actual source of income for the population which suffered from a constant although rather variable migration according to the situation of the centers which received them in that moment.

The walnut trees produced several carts of bark that were sold later.

These trees integrated in harmony within the villages; the people have met under their big shadow for generations either to celebrate a wedding reception, a baptism or to have a good dinner with those people who had helped to scutch the wheat with sticks in order to remove the straw.

It seems that the walnut trees never grew successfully in Espinoso de Compludo because of their height; on the contrary, they really did it well in the valley of Compludo where the people say that some of them were the tallest walnuts in Spain.

In the place of reguerón, this walnut tree escaped the teeth of the saw because it was hollow and lacked the precious black wood that was worth its weight in gold.

Nevertheless it was in danger when the long-awaited road to the village was built or when a fussy timber merchant from la Valdueza wanted to cut it in order to exhibit the trunk like an inert sculpture.

SPECIES: Walnut tree (Juglans regia) (Juglans regia)
VILLAGE: Espinoso de Compludo
PERIMETER (a 1,30m): 6,70 m
PERIMETEROF THE BASE: 8 m
HEIGHT: 7 m

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