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Tree Appreciation and Awareness Programme

The Ambjent Malta Directorate seeks to foster and promote appreciation of Malta’s indigenous trees.

To this end the Directorate executes a multi-pronged awareness programme for children and young students.

Exercises in basic environmental science combined with school outings make natural environment appreciation efforts more attractive.

To encourage interest in this field, Ambjent Malta collaborates with schools and other organisations in tree growing programmes.. One commends such schools as – St Aloysius College B’Kara, Wardija School -Wardija and St Francis School in Cospicua which for consecutive years have grown a considerable number of trees  donating these to the Directorate to be planted in Public areas. One needs to encourage the schools which will be have shown interest in  following this example  Gudja, Xgħajra, Fgura A, Pieta Primary  schools.

Presentations and hands on sessions are also delivered on request by Local Councils and other organisations. During such session  all material required  to initiate Maltese indigenous tree growing process are supplied by Ambjent Malta.    

Ambjent Malta collaborates also with the Ministry of Education in the Skola Sajf  programm. Through this programme, Ambjent Malta personnel visit Government Schools organising hands-on sessions for participating students. During 2013, Ambjent Malta personnel held session in the following schools: Qormi S. Gorg and S.Bastjan, Gudja, Mosta B, Mtarfa, Marsaskala, Ħaż-Żabbar, Żurrieq, Għargħur, Marsaxlokk, Ħal-Lija, Ħad-Dingli, Rabat, Ħal-Luqa, Ħ’Attard, and San Ġwann in Malta.

Ambjent Malta supports also the EkoSkola programme organised by Nature Trust. This programme includes the organisation of the Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) competition. This competition invites students from secondary school level to prepare journalistic reportage on a selected environmental theme. The article, which can be submitted in written, photographic or film format, is evaluated by an international Jury.

The Learning About Forests programme (LEAF) is another programme managed by Nature Trust. In close collaboration with Ambjent Malta personnel, this programme seeks to raise awareness about the benefits of and foster love for trees, especially those which are indigenous.

The Department has staff who form part of the  ARBOR School Committee.  

Ambjent Malta participates regularly in various events, mainly those promoting local agricultural products. Such events included in the past :  “Naturalment Malti”, and the various village festivities celebrating specific local produce. During these events itoffers a  hands-on Maltese indigenous tree   planting opportunity for visitors. They are  offered plantlets or seeds for potting, and encouraged to grow their own tree saplings, offering know-how, information and all that is necessary for a successful growth.​