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Winter 'blanket' will protect Torquay's controversial new palm until spring

By Herald Express  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

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TORBAY'S controversial £7,000 palm tree is to be wrapped up for the winter.

The tree will soon be covered up to protect it from the elements.

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

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

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

THE controversial palm tree has even been recreated in miniature by Babbacombe Model Village.

Simon Wills, from the model village, said: "Like anything which happens in real life we try to be topical here with all things and recreate it in miniature. We try to do it with a bit of humour. As people said the new palm tree looked like a pineapple, we decided to use a pineapple and it all worked out the right size.

"It is only done as a bit of fun, but it has been our most popular post on Facebook ever. By the time it went viral we had about 1,000 people looking at it."

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