The Alfred Mizzi Foundation comes to nature reserve’s rescue

June 16, 2017 12:05 pm

After the recent vandalism that took place in Foresta 2000 when 36 Olive trees were sawed off in a deliberate attempt to dishearten the work done by both Din l-Art Ħelwa and BirdLife Malta, a number of individuals and organisations offered their support in response to the incident.

One of the Olive trees which were cut down. Photo by Veerle van Werde

The Alfred Mizzi Foundation went a step further and committed to help the two NGOs by financially supporting a number of works needed in this unique and diverse woodland.

Julian Sammut, trustee at The Alfred Mizzi Foundation said that it was a shame to see the fruits of such hard work – much of it carried out on a voluntary basis – literally cut down.

Perpetrators of vandalism like this must know that for every bad deed there is good and that the Maltese society will stand up to such ignorant and harmful acts.

Sammut added that fortunately The Alfred Mizzi Foundation was in a position to back up its solidarity with financial assistance and when doing so it was supporting the protests of all civilised Maltese.

Another Olive tree which was vandalised. Photo by Veerle van Werde

On behalf of Din l-Art Ħelwa, Executive President Maria Grazia Cassar thanked The Alfred Mizzi Foundation for their kind gesture and expressed the commitment of Din l-Art Ħelwa to continue striving in its mission towards a more cultural and environmental friendly society.

As well as thanking The Alfred Mizzi Foundation for their dedication, BirdLife Malta CEO Mark Sultana reminded the general public that this nature reserve is open all year round and enjoyed by a number of families. Places such as these are precious for the wellbeing of our society.

Read the Maltese version of the joint press release here.