The Maltese environmental guardian Ambjent Malta has played down concerns over a video of trees being cut down and burned in Comino, explaining that they were only being pruned.
“It is important to note and clarify that the Aleppo trees in the area have never been pruned to date,” an Ambjent Malta spokesperson told Lovin Malta. “Apart from this pruning, alien species and dead branches are being removed from site. As outlined in a press release issued a number of days ago, the works are being carried out with little impact on the habitat. A plan has also been agreed with the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) on the works being carried out.”
Earlier today, Alternattiva Demokratika MEP candidate Arnold Cassola posted footage of men cutting down Aleppo pines near the Tal-Ful area of Comino and tossing them into a bonfire. This is part of a project to set up a new campsite in the area, intended to replace the makeshift camping area in Santa Marija Bay.