The newly opened Nature Centre at Masca, inaugurated on 27 March, aims to provide information that will bring the area, its culture and people to public notice in the rest of the island and to visitors, while preserving a privileged environment, Teno Rural Park, for future generations.

The centre is open to the public and is destined to providing information about Barranco de Masca (ravine) and Teno Rural Park. The exhibition is essentially theme-based and is equipped with multimedia material about the area surrounding Masca and its main natural, environmental (geology, geomorphology, fauna and flora) and cultural values and is displayed through a series of informational and interactive panels and audiovisual media. A guide is also present.

The centre is spread over two floors, with two toilets and an outside three-tier, landscaped area of roughly 220 m2. A shop will enable visitors to purchase publications, souvenirs and local craftwork. These facilities and services have been designed to cater for all visitors to the area, whether unaccompanied or in any kind of organised groups, such as families, friends, educational centres, associations and so on. A maximum of 20 people are allowed for each visit, which will last around 30 to 40 minutes.

Owing to the huge influx of visitors to Masca, a booking system is being planned. For further information, please contact the Oficina de GestiĆ³n de Parque Rural de Teno (Teno Rural Park Management Office) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Telephone: 00 34 922 128 032 ( )

Another activity organised by the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife (Tenerife Island Council) to recover and preserve this emblematic place is the campaign to distribute fruit trees to farmers in the region, followed by planting days involving volunteer participation. In collaboration with the Gobierno de Canarias (Canary Islands Government), over 600 fruit trees were delivered in an attempt to boost cultivation on farming land (80.3 hectares) affected by a fire last summer which devastated 1,012 hectares of Teno Rural Park.

Work has already been completed on palm-tree cleaning and pruning, cleaning and preparing water channels and restoring banks, while 95% of the recovery work planned for ploughing terraces, and 90% of clearing and cleaning up the affected areas has been completed.

Source: Cabildo de Tenerife