Villanueva de la Sierra

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Villanueva de la Sierra, Spain
municipality
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Official seal of Villanueva de la Sierra, Spain
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Country Spain
Autonomous community Extremadura
Province Cáceres
Municipality Villanueva de la Sierra
Area
 • Total 44 km2 (17 sq mi)
Elevation 524 m (1,719 ft)
Population (2005)
 • Total 577
 • Density 13.1/km2 (34/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Villanueva de la Sierra is a municipality located in the province of Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. According to the 2005 census (INE), the municipality has a population of 577 inhabitants.

Arbor Day[edit]

The naturalist Miguel Herrero Uceda at the monument to the first Arbor Day in the world, Villanueva de la Sierra 1805.

Villanueva Sierra is proud to be the town where was held the first Arbor Day around the world. An initiative launched in 1805 by the local priest with the enthusiastic support of the entire population.[1]

While Napoleon was ravaging Europe with his ambition in this village in the Sierra de Gata lived a priest, don Ramón Vacas Roxo, which, according to the chronicles, "convinced of the importance of trees for health, hygiene, decoration, nature, environment and customs, decides to plant trees and give a festive air. The festival began on Carnival Tuesday with the ringing of two bells of the church, and the Middle and the Big. After the Mass, and even coated with church ornaments, don Ramón, accompanied by clergies, teachers and a large number of neighbours, planted the first tree, a poplar, in the place known as Valley of the Ejido. Tree plantations continued by Arroyada and Fuente de la Mora. Afterwards, there was a feast, and did not miss the dance. The party and plantations lasted three days. He drafted a manifesto in defence of the trees that was sent to surrounding towns to spread the love and respect for nature, and also he advised to make tree plantations in their localities.

—Miguel Herrero Uceda, Arbor Day

Arbor Day is still celebrated every Carnival Tuesday and is a big day in the local festival calendar

References[edit]

  1. ^ Herrero Uceda, Miguel. Arbor Day (in Spanish). Quercus, nature review. March 2011

Coordinates: 40°12′N 6°24′W / 40.200°N 6.400°W / 40.200; -6.400