Ħamrun residents will soon have a new public space serving a dual purpose of education and recreation. With funding from the Ministry of the Environment, the Ħamrun Local Council will turn the Lyceum’s big roof into a garden. Other green projects will be carried out in Gudja, Sliema, Żebbuġ and Qala.
There aren’t many public open spaces in Ħamrun for recreation or rest, but the Local Council of this urban area seems to have found an innovative solution.
Mayor Christian Sammut explained that the idea is to transform the Lyceum’s roof into a public space with a garden and an educational concept. “This project also includes two open classrooms where in the morning students will be able to have some lessons and in the evening residents will be able to do some kind of sports and even areas where plants can be grown and eventually eaten”.
Even Sliema’s shoreline is expected to be embellished with a tree-planting project as Councilor Paul Radmilli explained.
“There are trees which flower at different times of the year, the Judas tree, the almond tree and the exotic tree named sebia preziosa which makes very beautiful flowers.”
These two community green projects are among the top five chosen by the Ministry of the Environment to improve the environment on roads, open spaces and public spaces. The other councils are Gudja, Żebbuġ and Qala.
Minister Aaron Farrugia said it’s time to focus on improving the urban environment with green areas in the heart of our localities. “With the ultimate goal of not only improving the aesthetics but for the people to live a better quality of life.”
The Minister said that these projects were the first step towards a holistic vision in the field of the environment.