Malta’s longest green wall; 27,600 plants to give life to Marsa Ħamrun bypass

Photo by DOI: Reuben Piscopo

New developments for the vertical garden in Marsa Ħamrun Bypass are underway in a collaborated project carried out by Infrastructure Malta and Ambjent Malta.

A total of 27,600 plants are expected to be planted in order to give life to the longest vertical garden in Malta, on a wall 350 meters long, the size of three football stadiums, which was built in 2018.

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Aaron Farrugia visited the Marsa-Ħamrun Bypass on Monday and explained how the project is a part of a €500,000 investment in the Marsa-Ħamrun Bypass, a project carried out on a timeframe of three years.

Minister Ian Borg said that the government wants to create more projects of this kind to drive Malta to a more sustainable growth with regards to health and air quality, whilst also introducing the concept of integrating art into people’s lives.

Photo by DOI: Reuben Piscopo

The project contractors started installing the specialised structure that is supporting this green wall last Summer. The structure was specifically designed to reduce the risk of damage to the concrete retaining wall, whilst making use of eco-friendly, recyclable materials.

The system also incorporates an automatic drip irrigation system connected to a large reservoir, which Infrastructure Malta built in the grounds of an adjacent school when the Marsa-Ħamrun Bypass was rebuilt in 2018. The contractors also installed security cameras to deter theft and vandalism.

Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Aaron Farrugia said that the total cost of the project financed by Ambjent Malta is €650,000. The costs include an integrated water delivery system and maintenance costs for at least five years.

The Minister also said that the Intelligent Planning Consultative Forum prepared a study on green walls and green roofs, which found that these could bring a number of benefits to our country.

Infrastructure Malta is also working with the Institute for the Creative Arts of the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) to introduce an outdoor art gallery in another section of the same wall at the Marsa-Ħamrun Bypass.

This space will also be made available to other local and international artists. The first new artworks will be installed at this location next month.