Xaghra square, Gozo, is to have trees and plants once more. The Mayor, Christian Zammit, said that this will be done as part of an environmental green project funded by the Ministry of the Environment which has allocated around € 2 million for initiatives launched by Local Councils to make urban areas ‘green’ and more attractive.
With an investment of € 195,500, a public garden will be built in Qormi as part of the urban green scheme in nine other localities which include Rabat, Santa Venera, Valletta, Qrendi, Senglea, Marsaxlokk, San Lawrenz and Xaghra.
Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia said that with a total investment of € 2 million, the purpose of green urban areas was not just the aesthetic and environmental embellishment but also contributed positively to physical and mental health.
“Here we will see the planting of trees, shrubs and projects that will continue to make urban areas green. These are places where Maltese families live and want to have their own recreational areas as well,” (Minister Aaron Farrugia.)
In Valletta several streets, stairs and alleys will be embellished, in San Lawrenz and Xaghra green projects will be carried out in the main squares while in Rabat Malta citrus trees will be planted in St. Katald’s Square and native trees in Santa Rita Street.
“One of the things we’re going to do is a vertical a garden – i.e. a wall that we’re going to cover with plants giving it more colour,” Victoria Mayor Sandro Craus.
“From next October we will start seeing plantars on the streets which will not only improve the aesthetics of the environment but also enhance our health,” Valletta Mayor Alfred Zammit.
“Through these projects we will continue to embellish our square, the belvedere and even the playing field that we have in the locality,” Mayor of San Lawrenz Noel Formosa.
During the first phase of the scheme, seven projects were selected in seven other localities including Gudja, Sliema, Zebbug, Hamrun and Qala. On average each council receives funding of around €30,000.