An application published on 8 August proposes the planting of some 700 trees in Ta’ Qali National Park over a total area of 7,149 metres squared. The application was submitted on 4 April 2018.
Some 150 Sandarac gum tree among other tree species will be planted at Ta’ Qali. The Sandarac gum tree is Malta’s national tree and is listed as near threatened on the IUCN Red List. Other trees to be planted include hawthorn, Mediterranean Heath, common myrtle, Mediterranean Buckthorn, and Judas tree, among others.
A new agency, Ambjent Malta, was recently launched, after the Environment Ministry failed to launch the agency before summer. The environmental agency would take over the Directorate for Parks, Afforestation and Countryside. Gzira Mayor Conrad Borg Manche was placed as chairman of the new agency.
Over the past few months, there was a public outcry following the uprooting of ficus trees in order to make way for new roads.