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Record number of trees to be planted in Malta

More than 12,000 trees and shurbs will be planted in Malta before the end of the year.

Malta’s environment minister José Herrera said that 2018 would be ‘a record year for tree planting’ as part of a national project to make Malta greener.

He made the announcement as he met with members of Swieqi Local Council and the Madliena Administrative Committee.

Around 1,000 indigenous trees and bushes are to be planted near the entrance to Fort Madalena in Swieqi.

The Victorian-era fort was used by the Royal Air Force as a radar station and communications centre until 1979 and is now leased to the St John Rescue Corps.

Sweiqi mayor Noel Muscat welcomed the afforestation project and a €30,000 euro grant which will be used to plant even more trees in the town.

The mayor added that agreement has been reached with a private company to finance the care and watering of the trees over the next five years.

Read more: Ministry for the Environment