Over the weekend an Olive grove of 36 trees was completely destroyed after it was cut down at BirdLife Malta’s Foresta 2000 Nature Reserve in Mellieħa in an act of vandalism.
The trees, which were donated by Din l-Art Ħelwa and planted over eight years ago, are suspected to have been cut down by an electric saw, suggesting the vandalism attack had been planned.
The incident, which took place at the afforestation project which is a public site, has caused an estimated €3,600 worth of damage and follows a number of vandalisms BirdLife Malta’s Foresta 2000 Nature Reserve has suffered in the past.
These barbaric acts are an attack on society and the common good, causing substantial damage to a site of local environmental importance which is home to a variety of diverse flora and fauna.
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