I read with astonishment that Aix’s new quartier La Duranne has two new inhabitants… two one-thousand-year olive trees. I had no idea that such trees could be safely transplanted.
According to La Provence, the trees came from Catalonia, where they were no longer producing enough oil. They were transported by convoi exceptionel to La Crau where they were placed in quarantine before being brought to Aix.
Their trunks are more than a metre in circumference and each tree weighs more than 5 tonnes.
A special irrigation system has been installed to help the trees flourish in their new home, La Rue des Prix Nobel. It’s between the initial and most recent parts of La Duranne and the olive trees will symbolise, they hope, the eternity of the quartier. More here: http://www.laprovence.com/article/edition-aix-pays-daix/4407518/deux-oliviers-millenaires-plantes.html