Plant more trees and create roof gardens – Readers Letter
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“Whenever an Institution was created it was fashioned to serve an objective. As history teaches us any Institution has its ups and downs and sometimes it utterly diverges out from its initial purpose.
The world is not perfect and Utopia is only an unreachable dream but worth aiming at. Utopia should be our compass pushing us and at the same attracting us to a better way of life. We are capable of becoming better. History proves this for we see that we have evolved, physically, mentally and spiritually.
Don Mintoff, correct me if I am wrong, well before MEPA had issued some laws which would concern MEPA. He deemed fit that each new house should build and invest in a well to store up rain water for personal use and the other law was that a % of the lime stones had to be swapped with cement bricks to save our shrinking quarries. If these are still a procedure, I do not know but I would like to suggest another thing.
Some weeks ago the sick diseased trees at Ghajn Qatet street were removed and destroyed because they weren’t even good for firewood for their infestation.
I for one am very happy that I am released from my prison and can sit in my balcony without the pestering of the millions of flies these rotten fruits attracted!
I found it preposterous when a nature group spoke of some fewer lungs for the purifying of air! I would not send you out in the streets, but you can do it from the comfort of your home if you know how to surf Google Earth.
If eight old vile trees were removed from our neighbourhood why can’t you interested Institutions plant more trees? There is ample place and I tell you where. First of all there is the rest of Ghajn Qatet street from the Niche to Tat-Taflija street. Already there are over a 100 trees but there is room for a 100 more.
Then have a look at Anton Tabone street taking you to Ta’ Sannat road and again here there is room for more olive trees. Then the long bended Ta’ Sannat road from the playing field to the Kajselli could take hundreds of more trees being sided by soil on both sides except the Cemetery and a small farm.
Yes I now turn to the PA and suggest that on all new applications which end up with a roof, people should make a small roof garden. At least one single tree should be planted and taken care of by the owners.
NGO or the Government should provide a pot and trees should be proposed by experts to plant in these pots. As the Government grants money to people to generate solar panel energy so too people should be helped to generate fresh air by having some greenery on their flat roofs.
Owners then can place a bird house and can enjoy the company of birds while they come to drink and eat and sleep on their Roof Top Garden.
This would be something great to share on our Facebook and this would be a great topic to make competition and prizes won for the nesting of rare birds on your proper roof without any nets to hold the bird locked up or in a cage.
In many countries this is already a reality with Vertical Gardens and Wall Gardens and so on.”
Google Earth photo supplied by Mr Zammit