More than 5,400 trees have been planted in Gozo over the past 3 years
During the last three years a total of more than 5,400 trees, more than 244,000 plants and seedlings and nearly 31,000 shrubs were planted in Gozo. These can be found in various sites around the island amongst which Mgarr Grove, Three Hills Garden in Marsalforn and in four designated areas which are being afforestated as part of the Simbiotic project: at Ta’ Lambert, limits of Xewkija, it-Taksis limits of Qala, two sites at the Government Farm and on part of Għammar Hill, opposite Ta’ Pinu Shrine.
Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono, stated this during an activity celebrating Arbor Day which was held at Zebbug Primary school within the Gozo College. The program of this event included planting of citrus trees, olive and palm, endemic trees in the school’s garden, as well as reciting of poems and prose on the environment. Representatives of each class from year 1 to year 6 of this school were given a packet of endemic seeds to mark this occasion.
This is the eight year that the Gozo College is celebrating Arbor Day with the collaboration of the Ministry for Gozo, EcoSkola, Hands of Farming section, and this year also in collaboration with Zebbug Local Council and three private companies. The trees planted during these years are a proof of the dedication by the Gozitans for a better and healthier environment for children and families. These actions compliment the ecoGozo Vision to ensure a better Gozo.
Apart from the plating of trees, the Ministry for Gozo is presently rehabilitating the Qortin ta’ Isopu at Nadur. This area used to be a disused quarry in which about 9,000 trees will now be planted, thus creating another open air site for the benefit of residents and visitors.
For this activity Mr Nicky Saliba, Zebbug Major, and Ms Helen D’Amato, Children’s Commissioner, were present.