THE ‘NATIONAL WONDERS’ OF TREE PRUNING IN MALTA
Monday, 7th September 2015
Alfred E. Baldacchino
The unprofessional, dilettantish way of pruning trees in Malta is no secret. Apart from the many photos and comments in the mass media, the ‘art’ and ‘national wonder’ of this tree pruning is evident for one and all to see along the streets of Malta. And so are the impacts of its unprofessionalism. The conclusion without much thought seems to be that such pruning is done in the shortest time possible to fill the truck with the chopped off branches and disappear. No professional direction from those who are supposed to be professionally responsible for such works, unless of course this is the only professional way they know of. No vision for any aesthetic aspect, or for any ecological or social concern, or for the tree protection regulations (which under the previous responsible Minister have been amended to accommodate such ‘pruning’), which adorn the legal bookshelves of Malta, one of the 27th EU member states.
Since the management of Maltese street trees was taken out of the hands of the Department of Agriculture, it seems that ‘landscapers’ have grown faster than trees. If one can wield a chainsaw, start it and cut the widest trunk in the shortest time possible, than one is qualified as a ‘landscaper’. No qualifications needed, no licence needed, no monitoring needed, no questions asked, just wield the chainsaw and cut, cut, cut. One is also politically blessed, for such a work of art. Such is the pitiful state of ‘landscaping’ and ‘silviculture’ in Malta that one can easily compare it to an operation in the Intensive Therapy Unit, conducted by undertakers, instead of the medical profession.
To make matters worse, such ‘landscaping’ is under the control of a Minster, responsible for landscaping, who endorses payment for such ‘national wonders’ of tree pruning out of €8 million yearly budget, the agreement on which is kept under lock and key. He is also aided by some of the Local Councils who also pay for such ‘national wonders’ out of public funds. And Government is happy with this too.
But one must give credit where credit is due. We have been told that the present political vision is to make Malta the best in the EU. Without any doubt, in the field of the destruction of biodiversity, Malta is the best in the EU! And to think that the EU Commissioner for the Environment is Maltese… what else can one wish for?
Can the Minister responsible for ‘landscaping’ intervene to prevent such bull… paid out of public funds?
Other sites and photos showing such ‘National wonders’ paid out of public funds
On pruning trees in Malta – http://wp.me/pL6Mk-gA
Government policy on trees in Malta – http://wp.me/pL6Mk-eN
Trees, rubble walls and BSS -http://wp.me/pL6Mk-cq
Money doesn’t only grow on trees here, it talks too – http://wp.me/pL6Mk-hY
Fallen trees and lost water – http://wp.me/pL6Mk-MS
Concrete path chocking trees – http://wp.me/pL6Mk-r8
TREES – open letter to Prime Minsiter – http://wp.me/pL6Mk-mb