On hearing a chainsaw somewhere down in the woods this morning, I grabbed the camera and quickly walked to the lower terraces to investigate. But, to my great relief, it turned out to be a beneficial cutting. Some Italian farmers had been brought to prune the olive trees. They snipped and sawed with the confidence that comes from skill, good judgment, and years of experience. The men spoke only their dialect of Italian, so with sign language and a smile I got their approval for picture taking.
The olive fruit needs strong sunlight in order to produce lots of oil. Ideally every olive should enjoy direct sunlight for at least part of the day. Pruning reduces the density of the foliage and lets sun penetrate into every part of the tree.