New Regulations aimed at protecting Trees

New regulations aimed at further protecting Maltese trees and woodland have come into force as from the 31st July 2018.

The new regulations are a revision of the 2011 laws, which were drawn up following considerable public consultation, and had already improved laws pertaining to the protection of trees and woodlands.

Salient changes in these amendments include the addition of another 30 tree species qualifying for protected status, improvements as regards the protection of trees in urban areas, interventions on trees only to be done by specialists and an increase in penalties for offences.

The new regulations also cater for no extra burdens to be placed on farmers or private garden owners.

The Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) is recommending that all those planning tree interventions should first become acquainted with the new laws. In this respect, ERA may be contacted on 22923500 or info@era.org.mt.