Over 6,000 trees to be planted at Fort Rinella

Minister for Transport Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg announces details of a new €1 million tree-planting project

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Over 6,700 trees will be planted at Fort Rinella at a cost of €1 million, the Transport and Infrastructure Minister has announced.

Dr Borg explained that Infrastructure Malta had worked with a number of NGOs, entities and local councils in the planting of 2,200 trees in 13 locations, which included Saqqajja Hill and the Marsa Junction. Of the remaining 4,500 trees to be planted are 1,100 that will be placed at Fort Rinella.

Borg said that it was ‘fundamental to attain balance. I believe our vision is holistic and considers progress and development as an opportunity to improve quality of life, while insisting that this can only be true if we develop sustainably. We are sensitive to the environment around us. We want our children to have spaces where they can play. We want to enjoy open spaces. We want our country to have lungs. But this means nothing if air quality continues to deteriorate because of congestion.’

He added that the Government was working on creating more open spaces for the public, but this could not happen if the air quality is exacerbated by road congestion.