The Tree Story
Oriental Plane Tree (Open Sociability) – Platanus orientalis
This tree can live for many thousands of years and the old ones are found only in Greece and the surrounding Eastern Mediterranean. Their branches droop toward the earth in a protective gesture before bending skyward again. The periodic shedding of bark is a way of emitting pollution.
The Greek word broad and large is platys. The Greek word for village square is plateia. The square is the only “broad and large” space in villages where people can gather. In every village square across Greece there is an ancient plane tree, (platanus), shading a kafeníon or a taverna . Most villagers pass through the square at least once a day. It is a local social center, where people greet and exchange news. It is the heart of the village.