Embellishing of Gozo’s rural & urban environment
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The Afforestation, Parks and Public Gardens Section within the Department for Projects and Development at the Ministry for Gozo aims to embellish the urban and rural environment with trees and plants in various public places in Gozo.
One of the main projects within the remit of this section includes works at the Dawwara Nursery in Victoria, in order that this garden is given a more attractive aspect. Meanwhile, activity at this nursery comprises the sowing and cultivation of plants in order that these will later be planted in roundabouts, soft areas and other rural sites. Current works include cleaning, new pathways, refurbishment of greenhouses, new fencing, as well as the building and maintenance of damaged rubble walls. Works within this section form part of the Ministry for Gozo’s programme to embellish Gozo’s urban and rural environment.
The Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono, viewed the works being carried out, during a visit at this ornamental nursery, where she commented upon the government commitment, towards the embellishment of the environment. Plants and trees are definitely basic elements which help towards the attainment of this aim. Minister Debono said that Gozo’s rural and urban environment form part of the island of Gozo’s main characteristics. Therefore, it is important that such areas are given continuous attention in order that they might be added attractions to the island’s natural and cultural heritage.
Mr Joseph Bonello, Principal Agricultural Officer at the Afforestation, Parks and Public Gardens Section, said that the responsibilities of this section include the projection of an afforestation programme in open spaces to be used for family recreation, more propagation of endemic and indigenous species which are getting rare, planting of flowers and plants in nurseries to be used in roundabouts and soft areas, pruning of trees, streets embellishment as well as landscaping. Currently, works are also being carried out on roundabouts and central strips within the limits known as St Leonard. The heavy rainfall of the past weeks lengthened the planting process at this site.
The Afforestation, Parks and Public Gardens Section has managed to double the number of endemic and indigenous species propagated at the nurseries in Gozo, during 2008, with many of them being rare. This has also been the case with regards to seasonal plants. This section is also responsible for the coordination of works at Tal-Hlewwa Nursery in Kercem, the Afforestation and Villa Rundle Gardens in Victoria, as well as the gardens at the Gozo General Hospital, together with a number of public gardens including the Villa Rundle Gardens, Ulysses Grove in Xewkija and Pope John XXIII in Imgarr.