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€500,000 regeneration project for Garden of Serenity in the south of Malta

The Garden of Serenity, a public Chinese garden in Santa Luċija, in the south of Malta, is to see a €500,000 regeneration project, which will include a Greek theatre and a pond, incorporating the Chinese principles of feng shui.

Miriam Dalli, the energy, enterprise and sustainable development minister, unveiled the project this weekend, in the locality that has been hard-hit by recent road works.

Parks Malta will be tasked with the regeneration of an unused part of the Garden of Serenity for general relaxation, socialising and physical activity. The top and bottom pathways of the garden will be joined together to showcase the life cycle: birth, youth, middle age and old age. All architectural and playground structures will be designed to reflect this same cycle, connecting humans with nature and creating positive energy.

“The Garden of Serenity is considered a jewel by the Santa Luċija residents. The process to carry out the works has kickstarted and we look forward to finalising the project by 2022,” said Adrian Attard, Parks Malta director general.

“With an investment of half a million euro, we are regenerating an abandoned site to offer families, children, youths and the elderly a space to unwind,” said Miriam Dalli.

On her part, the Santa Luċija mayor Charmaine St John thanked the minister and Parks Malta for the investment and said: “We consider Santa Luċija as one of the green lungs of the south of Malta. This investment will continue to enhance the Garden of Serenity while also embellishing Ġnien L-Iskultura.”

Facilities include a visitor centre, a nature trail, information boards and bird-watching hides. Oh, and entrance is free!

Visit BirdLife for more information. The reserve is open between September and May.