At the invitation of the BoD of the Ionian Islands of Greece Union to the Institute of Forest Botany and Forest Zoology – Faculty of Environmental Sciences Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden) with the aim to promote a perennial olive tree at Strongyli in Corfu last August, the results of the research, which was completed in a thorough scientific manner, were notified to the BoD of the Ionian Islands of Greece Union and are quite impressive.
It appears that out of the three olive trees, on which the research was carried out, the first one was proved to be the oldest of the three being about 1120 years old, while the other two are about 952 and 735 years old, respectively.
The diameter of the trunks of these trees and their height stand out as they are particularly impressive and provide comparable data with the oldest olive trees in the world, according to which the three olive trees in Strongyli, Corfu, are included among the oldest olive trees in the world taking into consideration the documented results.
This is of particular interest to the scientific world as a new method of measuring has been developed, improving and perfecting the old measurement method. This research and its results are to be published by Special Scientists Andreas Roloff and Dr. Sten Gillner to a Mediterranean Ecology Scientific Journal in 2015, followed by a scientific conference including the specific topic.
The BoD of the Ionian Islands of Greece Union is ready to take all necessary actions so that these perennial olive trees may be declared as natural monuments, since the results given by Dresden University, describing the old age, the height, and the large diameter of the beautiful imposing olive trees in Strongyli, Corfu, highlight their historical and cultural importance.