Malta’s main roads agency has revealed it planted nearly 9,000 trees across the island in the past 12 months.
Infrastructure Malta said a total of 8,720 indigenous trees were planted in 40 different sites in 2019 as part of a €1 million scheme to make Malta greener.
The agency said it was planning to extend the programme in 2020 and plant more trees in other parts of Malta.
Works started last summer and intensified during the last quarter of 2019, considered to be one of the most favourable periods for tree planting.
Originally, this project aimed to add 6,700 new trees in Malta by the end of 2019.
However, following an overwhelming response from local councils, Infrastructure Malta extended it to include another 2,000 trees.
The last few hundreds of these trees were planted in Bahar ic-Caghaq and in Cospicua between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Infrastructure Malta’s tree specialists used a variety of indigenous species for the 40 tree planting locations, depending on the environmental conditions of each site.
They include tamarisk, olives, cypress, European dwarf palms, lentisk, holm oaks, Aleppo pines, myrtle, sandarac gum trees, carobs and other species.
The trees were planted in 18 towns across Malta including Attard, Birkirkara, Birzebbuga, Cospicua, Dingli, Kalkara, Luqa, Marsa, Mosta, Msida, Naxxar, Pembroke, Qormi, Rabat, Safi, Santa Lucija, Zebbug and Zejtun.
The agency said its contractors would continue watering and taking care of these trees for several years, until they are established in their new environment.
If any of the trees are damaged, or do not survive, Infrastructure Malta pledged to replace them.
Chief executive Fredrick Azzopardi told 89.7 Bay: ‘Through our multi-million projects in arterial, residential and rural roads, the agency aims to create safer, more efficient and more sustainable infrastructure that supports the country’s social and economic development while contributing to improved air quality, a greener environment and a better quality of life.
‘The successful implementation of our 2019 initiative to plant so many trees in different towns is giving people a greener environment outside their homes and workplaces, and along the routes of their daily commutes.
‘We encourage local councils and other interested organisations or individuals to continue proposing new public sites where we can plant more trees in 2020 and beyond.’
Watch the video, below:
🎞 We planted 8,719 indigenous trees in 18 localities in #Malta in #2019. Working to add more trees in other localities in #2020. Committed to sustainable infrastructure and a greener environment 🌳. ℹ️ www.infrastructuremalta.com/news/infrastructure-malta-plants-8719-trees-2019🇲🇹 Fl-2019 ħawwilna 8,719-il siġra indiġena fi 18-il lokalità differenti f’Malta 🌱. Qed naħdmu biex inħawlu aktar siġar f’lokalitajiet oħra fl-2020. Impenjati li nibqgħu naħdmu għal infrastruttura sostenibbli u ambjent aħjar 🌲.
Publiée par Infrastructure Malta sur Samedi 4 janvier 2020