Urban greening project will create a new green garden in Qormi

The community of Ħal Qormi will enjoy a new green project with the support of Ambjent Malta.

This was announced by Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Aaron Farrugia, who explained that the project, which is being undertaken by the Local Council as part of the ‘Inħaddru Pajjiżna’ initiative by the Ministry, will result in various interventions on the garden at the Ta’ Farsina Housing Estate.

The Ministry will be investing close to €200,000 for various interventions as well as provision of technical assistance with respect to greening of the area.

The local council is proposing to dedicate this garden to Renald Falzon, who served as mayor of Qormi until 2020. 

Minister Farrugia explained that various trees and shrubs will be planted in this garden, and initiatives to be undertaken will also include site clearance, excavation works, concrete works and reinforcement, works on footpaths, paving and roadworks, water features installation, lighting fixtures, landscaping and street furniture.

Minister Farrugia said that this project forms part of the ‘Inħaddru Pajjiżna’ initiative, which saw a number of localities, particularly urban ones, benefitting from an improved environment. The Minister said that the scope of this overarching initiative was to encourage greener urban areas, where people live and work, in order to lead to an improved sense of wellbeing overall.

The Minister said that areas such as streets, squares and other public spaces that are devoid of greenery, and the associated physical and psychological benefits, are selected by local councils themselves. The species of plants are suitable for these sites, based on their environmental conditions, and carried out in accordance with ERA’s landscaping guidelines, and may consist of indigenous species or else foreign species that are suitable to our dry climate.

The trees and shrubs to be planted include Cercis siliquastrumPrunus dulcisOlea europeaMedicago arboreaRosmarinus officinalisViburnium tinus and Myrtus officinalis. The estimated timeframe for the project to be completed is eight weeks. 

Photos: DOI, M