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Living memory of Vallebrón
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Isabel Darias and Jorge Fleitas, living memory of Vallebrón.

Isabel Darias (Vallebron, 1950) and Jorge Fleitas (La Oliva, 1948) help us to understand how the old society of Vellebrón developed life. It is a protected area with an area of more than 1,600 hectares in the municipality of La Oliva, crossed by two huts, Valle Largo and Valle Chico. On the tour of the town, which we start from the hermitage of San Juan, we are accompanied by the Councilor for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Rubén González.



Precisely, in the small hermitage we stop at the first singularity of this Majorero population. Above the door, on both sides, the image carved on tile, of the figure of two rats, is striking. Isabel and Jorge agree in the explanation of this fact that has to do with an old epidemic that the town suffered from these rodents. That is the story that has at least been told generation after generation in the village, they say.

From the hermitage, located at the top of the town, we turn our gaze to the particular valley and return to the past with the story of Isabel and Jorge. Their voices, in the silence of midday, transport us to a green place where practically everything was grown with water from the numerous wells in the area. 'Alfalfa, tomato trees, carrots, peppers, fig trees, almond trees... everything was cultivated," recalls Jorge.

The entire land was devoted exclusively to agriculture. "In the upper part of the valley cereals were planted, mainly wheat and barley, and in the lower part legumes, lentils, chickpeas or peas."

As a witness to this agricultural past, the nateros remain standing on the slopes of the knife, stone walls to support the land and make it arable. As far as the eye can see, these ancient structures are visible. miles of stone walls, handmade, generation after generation.

Both Jorge and Isabel value the quality of life of the space where they return on weekends or at parties, but they also demand that conservation be compatible with the possibility of using the territory. 'You can't do anything, even to fix a topsail you have to do a project and that can't be, because people get tired', they agree in expounding.

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