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Tree Surgeon Blasts ‘Nightmare’ Situation In Malta: ‘My Advice Is Consistently Ignored’

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A British arborist has said he will no longer act as a consultant for the Maltese government, local councils or any other Maltese entity after growing sick of the way his advice is consistently ignored.

Ian Lansley had advised the government on how to transplant four fir trees from Castille Square a few years ago and has since acted as consultant for a number of unspecified projects.

However, he told the Malta Independent that his advice was only taken up on one particular case.

“They won’t take my advice and it’s becoming an absolute nightmare over there,” he said. “With all due respect, it doesn’t matter what I say; the politicians are going to destroy your island and there is nothing I can do about it.”

A man ties himself to a tree to protest against the Central Link project

A man ties himself to a tree to protest against the Central Link project

He refused to specify which projects he had worked on but said he will not take responsibility for their failure.

Lansley’s comments come amid controversy over the uprooting of trees included in road upgrading works, such as the Central Link project an the construction of two underground tunnels in Santa Luċija.

Cover photo: Left: A tree in Santa Luċija getting uprooted; Right: Ian Lansley (Photo: Facebook)

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