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Torquay palm tree's winter warmer

By GuyHenderson  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

Palm Tree in winter

Torquay's Palm Tree wrapped up for winter

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TORQUAY'S controversial £7,000 palm tree has been wrapped up to protect it from the ravages of winter.

The tree was covered up overnight to protect it from the elements.

The tree has also been a target for vandals this week.

Questions had been raised as to why the tree, normally used to sunnier skies of Spain, was planted in October.

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A Torbay Council spokesman said: "The palm tree has to acclimatise in its first winter season and so will be wrapped when night time temperatures fall to protect it from frost.

"We will monitor temperatures through our winter maintenance programme and it will be unwrapped when temperatures start to pick up in spring."

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  • coggers  |  November 19 2012, 12:01AM

    Reminds me of Austin powers...is that a....PARSNIP

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  • Murmets  |  November 15 2012, 10:41PM

    Giant Space Cat Destroys Mayoral Vision A giant alien cat caused traffic chaos for Torbay commuters after its spaceship landed on the A3022 road next to the Sainsbury's turn off. After vaporising several cars during its descent, the giant cat bounded up the A3022 and ignored red traffic signals at the Old Newton Road junction before depositing an enormous **** on the Kerswell roundabout. Torbay's controversial Mayor was said to be 'in pieces' after the latest act of vandalism against his 'Torbay Pineapple Palm Business Enterprise Attraction'. Witnesses travelling home between Torquay and Newton Abbot said they'd seen flashing lights appearing over the Kerswell roundabout and assumed there had been an accident. After several cars had been vaporised by the descending feline spaceship, panicking drivers adjusted their Sat Navs and u-turned on the dual carriageway and some still made it home in time for Eastenders. The unfortunate few who will have to wait for the Sunday omnibus witnessed the largest cat poo ever seen, deposited deftly and vertically on the gravel litter of the once beautifully turfed Kerswell roundabout. The space cat, who identified itself as 'The Tharg' sent a Morse code message apologising for its 'indiscretion' to astonished technicians at NASA's headquarters in Washington DC. The giant space cat, (described as a sort of Tabby with perhaps a touch of a Devon Rex by a local vet who escaped vaporisation by a whisker) claimed that it had been caught short during a prolonged sub-warp hop between the Sirius and Alpha Centauri star systems. A malfunction in the 'Tharg's' waste disposal system had left the feline 'rather inconvenienced. Ken Grembly from Kingskerswell Gardening Services who had previously mowed the grass on the roundabout before the Mayor gravelled it over said simply; 'I did warn the Council about this sort of thing, but as usual they didn't listen'. The palm tree on Kerswell Gardens roundabout is part of a much larger scheme aimed at improving the gateways into the Bay and in turn attracting new businesses and more visitors to the area. The Mayor was too shocked to comment but a spokesman said; 'You'd have thought the giant space cat would have had the decency to have pawed it under the litter'. At a sometimes heated emergency meeting of the Torbay Council Cabinet last night, there were again angry exchanges about the Mayor's spending priorities.

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  • misspiggy3011  |  November 15 2012, 11:11AM

    it does look silly wrapped up but obviously needed as this type of plam is used to a warmer climate. i don't understand why a TORBAY palm (Cordyline australis), was not planted there. they all look lovely along shiphay road. it also seemed like a stupid idea trying to bed it in, in october!

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  • DevonJanner  |  November 11 2012, 8:23AM

    condom of the south!

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  • Wayne_Kerr  |  November 10 2012, 6:24PM

    *cloud, even...

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  • Wayne_Kerr  |  November 10 2012, 6:23PM

    Whilst the public may hate this Palm Tree, it's transformation into a Giant phallus that has been poorly "sheathed' is a fantastic advert for the area's high teenage pregnancy rate. Well done Torbay Council, every silver could and all that, eh?

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  • DevonJanner  |  November 10 2012, 5:03AM

    no vandalism has been committed,the pineapple was damaged when it was first planted,see earlier photos,when in doubt blame the plebs!!!!!

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  • ziderman  |  November 09 2012, 12:51PM

    I bet the condom cost more than a £1.00 which pub did they get it from?

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  • Charwill  |  November 08 2012, 7:54PM

    Anyone that believes that ,that thing stuck on a pile of rocks is suppose to be wecoming really ought to get out more.

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  • Cweed  |  November 08 2012, 7:45PM

    Welcome to Torquay ...........with a one fingered salute!!

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