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United to save trees dating back to the Knights’ era
Residents of the town of Dingli and activists have filed all the necessary paperwork, to save centuries-old trees, which Infrastructure Malta intends to cut down, to make way for a new road. More than 100 people have endorsed a bid to obtain an urgent Tree Protection Order for the trees, which, according to activists are hundreds of years old.
Activist group Moviment Graffiti said that a nature permit to chop down the trees in question, was issued a few months back, to make way for a road right throughout outside development zone arable land. The aim is for the new road to link Daħla tas-Sienja with Sqaq il-Museum. However, direct action by residents, activists and farmers helped put a temporary stop to the works.
100 people have signed their support for the Tree Protection Order, which would in turn, designate the zone as a Tree Preservation Area, since the trees and the area meet a number of criteria, necessary for protection.
Here is the list of criteria, put forth by activists:
The activist group said that many entitles have come out against the destruction of the trees, with several NGOs saying that the “project goes against the aims of the rural policy since it threatens farmers’ livelihood.”
Let’s get this movement stopped!