Published April 2021

It creates an extraordinary atmosphere like an overseas resort.
There are over 1000 palm trees in Riviera Zushi Marina and Riviera Seabornia Marina.
Pruning is carried out twice a year to maintain the appearance and prevent palm leaves from falling.

Pruning more than 1000 palm trees is necessary for both the palms and people.

Riviera Zushi Marina's approximately 900 ``palm trees'' have been widely publicized on social media. Although it is a public road/park, Riviera manages and maintains it so that everyone can enjoy this beautiful scenery forever.
Washingtonian palms, which wither seasonally, are at risk of falling during strong winds. Pruning is one of the essential maintenance tasks to prevent accidents to pedestrians and vehicles. The first thing to keep in mind while working is safety. With permission from the police, three or more guides will be assigned. Strong winds are our enemy, and we have no choice but to stop work when the wind reaches the specified speed. We work with the utmost care.
At the same time, we also conduct health checks on the palms to check for damage caused by disease or pests. While exterminating pests, be careful not to disturb the habitats of insects, birds, and other creatures. What is important is the degree of pruning. If you cut it too much, it won't look as good, and if you leave too much, the leaves will fall off quickly, so the key is how far to prune.

One pruning removes so many dead leaves.

Turn waste wood into bouquets as dried flowers

For future landscape preservation
Planting palms for children to build a town

Baby palms are lined up in between the tall palms, creating a tree-lined avenue. In order to preserve this landscape in the future, a ``palm cultivation project'' was launched in 2013, and Riviera invested in the project, which involved transporting palm trees from Miyazaki Prefecture and planting them between existing palm trees in two phases. I did it. In the first season, there were many unpredictable things, such as the palms being short and their leaves hitting passing cars, and the solution to this problem being planting them high (planting them one step higher with mounds of soil) caused rainwater to collect on the sidewalks. Based on these considerations, we also carried out soil improvement in the second phase. Through trial and error, we washed the palms with water to prevent salt damage and wrapped them in cloth tape to protect them from the cold in the winter, and they are currently growing well. Even though we cannot do it on our own, we are moving forward with urban development through partnership and the challenges and continuances that Riviera values.
After working at heights, I feel rewarded when I hear someone say, ``It's clean now,'' or when I see people taking a walk looking happy. As I work with nature and listen to the voices of plants, I feel the difficulty and wonder of work in which humans and nature coexist. SDGs may seem far away at first glance, but my action is to act with the awareness that by improving the growth and aesthetics of plants, we will benefit people and the environment in the future.


Environmental Maintenance Department

Yumi Nakamura

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