Over 200 trees and shrubs are being planted at Inwadar National Park to commemorate World Environment Day.
A number of different indigenous species are being planted including the Rhamnus alaternus, Ceratonia siliqua, Quercus ilex, Pinus halepensis, and Pistacia lentiscus. The park is expected to home over 1,000 trees and shrubs once the regeneration project is completed.
Meanwhile, Parks Malta will continue with the maintenance of the area and the restoration of a traditional Maltese bell which was found underneath a landfill.
San Anard Grove had been left in a state of abandonment up until a few years ago, with more than 320 tonnes of waste having to be removed from the area.
“It is with pleasure that we are now seeing this site regenerated into a clean and relaxing space, with spectacular views”, said Minister for Sustainable Development Miriam Dalli.
Dalli also launched the ‘Arts In The Park’ event which will see artists get to work portraying the beauty of the park through various art forms.
The end results will eventually be showcased at an exhibition held in Marsaskala at the end of the year.
“Showcasing its beauty will allow families to appreciate the park even more,” said Chairperson of the Board of Governance, Steve Borg.
Parks Malta is currently in the process of carrying out restoration work around the park with around 2,000 metres squared of the land already cleared for planting.
Parks Malta hopes to have regenerated a zone of more than 18,000 meters squared with more than 1,000 trees planted once the project is finished.