Elche resident Isaac Carbonell got the fastest palm tree climbing honours in Saturday’s second international Palm Climbing championships outside Elche’s Altamira Palace. Carbonell scrambled the ten and a half metre tall tree in just under 20 seconds, with the ‘Espardenya d’Or’  award for the master palmer going to Demetrio Lopez from Crevillente. 30 people took part in the event including a contender dressed as a red weevil to emphasise the danger that palm trees face in Spain face from the dreaded insect.

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