The sign is part of a series of signs posted by the Raanana Municipality that describe significant places in the history of the place.
The QR code indicates the following link from the Raanana Heritage site: The small forest
The forest picture was taken on the day the sign was taken Click for a larger image Translation of the text on the sign
Raanana city emblem
The small forest
[Image: The small Forest]
The small forest is part of the Sharon forest, the eucalyptus trees in the grove were planted even before the settlement was established. The whole area was covered with wetland during the winter and spring months. The colonys children and their youngsters used to play in the trees during the dry days and flush "rafts" in the swampy water. From 1923 to 1928, they raised tobacco in the colony and the swamp water was transferred in wooden trenches to irrigate the tobacco bushes. Already in the 1930s, the drainage of the marsh water was started in open ditches towards the ravine. Over the years, the environment has evolved, houses have been built around the grove and an efficient channel system has been installed. Today the grove serves as a playground, a sculpture garden and a place for cultural events during the summer season.