Regeneration and landscaping works carried out at Ġnien l-Għarusa garden in Mosta have been completed and have been officially inaugurated. The works were carried out with an investment of just over half a million and are spread over 24,000 square metres.
The € 540,000 investment includes new paving and lighting, more accessibility, improved facilities, a safety fence and the planting more than 2,200 trees and shrubs.
Environment Minister Jose Herrera said it was a project that required several interventions which were carried out by Ambjent Malta employees.
Minister Herrera said “this was one of the major projects undertaken by the new entity Ambjent Malta. The idea is to have here a public garden, the historic Victoria Lines which continue to the fortress – an uninterrupted stretch of unspoiled pristine land. ”
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that the locality of Mosta had grown over the years and open spaces were no longer commonplace. He said he could not understand how a jewel like the Ġnien l-Għarusa garden of Mosta had been abandoned for so many years. Muscat said that the regeneration of this garden was a virtual continuation of the Ta’ Qali Park project recently announced by the government.
Dr Muscat said that the question that now remains is how this garden will be looked after because this was a national affliction they needed to be addressed and solved. The Prime Minister said that there should be a very clear agreement with the local council on how best to take care of this garden.