It might be too little, too late, but it’s always worth a shot. After the Planning Authority approved the Central Link project between Attard and Rabat, sealing the fate of 549 trees in the process, a group of people are planning to take matters into their own hands.
A protest is being planned for next Sunday morning, that will see protestors tie themselves to the trees facing the chop. In a specially-designed Facebook group, a protest organiser said she is planning for 700 people to tie themselves to trees, one person per tree and others to assist them.
Banners and posters displaying different text will also be hung on the trees. The plan is for the protest to last three hours.
“Please fully commit to this protest, and also try to get people to join,” the organiser said. “Lots of love, I am overwhelmed by the support!”
The Central Link project, which will restructure junctions and lanes between Mrieħel, Rabat, Attard and Ħaż-Żebbuġ, is set to permanently destroy some 48,466 square metres of agricultural land in the area.
The lost land includes 549 trees that are currently found alongside the roads being widened, 272 of which are protected. A further 237 trees are set to be replanted, however, recent evidence suggests that their odds of survival are slim.