The planting of several indigenous trees and shrubs in Wied Fulija marks the final stages of a rehabilitation project of an area which was a dumping site for almost twenty years.
By means of this project, an area the size of seven football stadiums will be returned to the people as an environmental attraction in the south of the country.
The rehabilitation project of the landfill in Wied Fulija in Zurrieq, which will turn what was previous an eyesore into an environmental attraction, has entered its final phase. The place is part of a natural valley overlooking the cliffs on the coast of Zurrieq and which, in 1979 began to be used as a landfill up until 1996.
The company WasteServ started with the rehabilitation works in August last year by, among other things, making a pathway so that the public could enjoy the picturesque view of the area.
The Mayor of Zurrieq, Rita Grima, said that with this project the locality will have a lung in its midst, as indigenous trees and shrubs have started to be planted on the hills.
“Every time I come here I see the difference. Now here are beautiful, long walkways. Wonderful views. No smell. Just pure air and the chance for visitors to have as many picnics as they want. There will be a lot of trees here.”
The Minister for the Environment, Aaron Farrugia, said that this project fits in perfectly with the Government’s environmental strategy. “The wise decision of the Government to move away from the concept of landfills through state-of-the-art facilities in which the Government of the day is investing will result in extracting a resource from waste.”
Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi said that by means of the project more than 91,000 square metres have been turned into a space open to the public. The project is being carried out with an investment of € 4.5 million, part of which is from European funds.
In collaboration with BirdLife, WasteServ will create nesting sites in the Fulija Valley and where the Malta Beekepers Association will be setting up beehives to help conserve native bee species.