The Malta Independent 13 August 2022, Saturday

Area in Ħamrun gets ‘new lease of life’ with roof garden - ministry

Wednesday, 3 August 2022, 17:41 Last update: about 10 days ago

A new garden roofed over a parking area will give a new lease of life to the community living in Misraħ Is-Sebgħa ta' Ġunju 1919 in Ħamrun, the environment ministry said.

Through an investment of around €1.5million, "a space previously used solely for parking has now been turned into a green space," the ministry said.

While maintaining the parking, this area has now been turned into a green space in a busy urban area.  "The Government is committed to prioritising the greening of urban areas and giving citizens a better quality of life through sustainable communities," a government statement read.


As part of the structural preparations of the project, GreenServ also planned for the charging of electric vehicles in the future.

"This is another project that is offering an open green space, which will help to improve the quality of life of residents. Trees, shrubs and plants have been planted and benches installed for the comfort of residents, a step away from their homes. We are working to have more open spaces in the heart of our communities," explained Minister Miriam Dalli.

Funded by the National Development and Social Fund (NDSF), this project was led by GreenServ. As with other projects, GreenServ made use of sustainable material such as fully recycled aluminum  and wood coming from sustainable forests for the benches. Solar panels were installed on structures for shade, for electricity generation to light up the garden and to power the USB charging points. A water resevoir was refurbished for use in the garden.

WasteServ CEO Richard Bilocca explained how the 500 square meter garden rests on an innovative steel structure. "This is another GreenServ project creating recreational spaces accessible to everyone in the most urban areas of Malta so that families and residents can enjoy a nicer environment close to their homes."

NDSF CEO Raymond Ellul said that support is being given to innovative ideas which contribute towards green open spaces within urban areas. He added that both this open space and Ġnien Victor Calvagna launched last week in Mosta can enhance the quality of life of the residents living in an urban area. All whilst supporting sustainability. Such open spaces offer a secure and alternative recreational area for residents. Mr Ellul added that NDSF will continue offering a better social and quality life to current and future generations.


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