Governor of the Central Bank of Malta, Professor Edward Scicluna, visited two sites related to two tree planting projects financed by contributions from the Bank and its staff.
The Central Bank of Malta donated a sum from the sale of surplus books while the staff from all offices and departments were invited to support the initiative.
The contributions were used to procure trees and sponsor a drip irrigation system.
The first project involved the setting up of a drip irrigation system at the Salina Nature Reserve Afforestation Programme, managed by Birdlife Malta. The irrigation system caters for a large number of evergreen and fast-growing, low-height indigenous tree Pistacia lentiscus (Deru Lentisk/deru) which were planted to create a green buffer wall along the perimeter of the site as the species grows into a thick and much branched bush. Other indigenous trees include the Tamarisk (Tamarix) and Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste Tree/Siġra tal-Virgi).
The second project involved the planting of 100 citrus trees at Dar San Ġużepp in Żabbar, run by the Dominican nuns. Mayor of Żabbar, Jorge Grech was also present.
Bank Governor Edward Scicluna said: “Tree planting forms part of the Bank’s corporate social responsibility programme.”