Tree Planting

The European Garden – Tree Planting Ceremony

The Europe Direct Centres of Malta invited our students to a tree planting ceremony to inaugurate the ‘European Garden’ that was planted in the Xrobb l-Ghagin Nature Park and Sustainable Development centre in Marsaxlokk. 28 trees were planted to represent one for each EU Member State within the European Union.

The EU has some of the world’s highest environmental standards. The EU’s Environment policy helps green the EU economy, protect nature, and safeguard the health and quality of life of people living in the EU. Therefore this year, our Europe Direct Centres (EDICs) contributed to the preservation of our environment by donating 28 trees to the Nature Trust (Malta) Centre. The aim of this activity was to promote and show how the European Union supports the natural growth of the environment.

Before the tree planting, the students participated in educational hands-on activities concerning the environment as part of the Learning About Forests programme (LEAF). The activities were followed by speeches from the Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Hon. Leo Brincat and the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella. A tree planting activity followed where the students assisted in the planting of the trees.

Our school, has won the LEAF Award (Learning About Forests) for three consecutive years and was invited for this special occasion. Nine Form 1 students together with Mr Joseph Savona, EcoSchool Coordinator participated in this special occasion.

The full programme was:


09.15 Arrival of students at Xrobb l-Ghagin center
09.30 Educational activities for LEAF students
10.30 Opening session:


  • EDIC Valletta and EDIC Central Region
  • Vince Attard, Executive President – Nature Trust Malta
  • MEPs-tba
  • Diane Spiteri, Acting Head of the EC Representation in Malta
  • Hon. Leo Brincat, Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
  • Hon. Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • LEAF student representatives
11.00 Tree planting activity
11.30 Lunch
12.30 End of activity