Introduction to Maltese native trees
Alfred E. Baldacchino
On Tuesday 10th February 2013, Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar Tree Group in collabortion with the Attard Local Coucil organised a seminar on The benefits and use of tree.
The FAA Tree Group was established following the outcry against the wanton and widespread destruction of urban trees both in Malta and Gozo by Government Ministries, paid from public funds. The response for such a first activity of the FAA Tree Group was immediate:
- there were more than 100 participants who not only followed the presentations with great interests, but also took notes;
- asked a number of pertinent questions, and
- also demanded more information and similar meetings on the better use and appreciation of Maltese indigenous trees.
The seminar covered information on Maltese indigenous trees and the need for more appreciation especially by those who are entrusted to protect them; the benefits that trees give to society and the environment, and also their contribution to the economical aspect. The need to prevent the introduction of invasive species which can devastate the Maltese ecosystem, was also highlighted.
The partecipants were also addressed with regards to the use and benefits of trees in the urban environment and how this can be undertaken in a professional way.
A short presentation on tree protection regulations was also given.
Following the seminar, the demand for copies of the presentations were more than expected
As a first additional step towards the aim of more appreciation and protection of trees, the slides (used as the basis but without any animation, used during the presentaiton) can be viewed on the following link