Cittadella Cleanup by Volunteers of the Gozo Branch of the Malta Red Cross Society
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Volunteers of the Gozo Branch of the Malta Red Cross Society are currently carrying out a cleanup of the bastion walls of the Cittadella from plants and shrubs which are unsightly and which cause considerable damage to the fabric of the bastions.
This programme which has been going on for a number of years was launched by the Ministry for Gozo as part of a wider restoration and rehabilitation programme of the Cittadella. The Ministry for Gozo finances this periodic initiative so that whilst ridding the Cittadella from unsightly growth it would also be supporting financially the Gozo Branch of the Malta Red Cross Society, enabling it to invest in the necessary equipment and training for its members in Gozo.
The co-ordinator of the Gozo Branch Etienne Micallef explained how members of the Branch were using abseiling equipment to remove plants and shrubs growing on the bastion walls. He said that while common plants which cause damage were removed and approved weed-killers applied, attention was being given to more rare or endemic plants which cause no harm and information is being gathered regarding their growth patterns. During the same process, a rodent baiting programme is also being carried out.
Gozo Minister, Giovanna Debono, who paid a visit at the Cittadella during the work, thanked the members of the Gozo Branch for their commitment and dedication. She said that there were two significant projects in the pipeline for the regeneration and restoration of the Cittadella, the preparation of a Master Plan co-financed by funds from the European Economic Area (EEA) as well as an extensive restoration programme co-financed by the EU.