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On the initiative of europe direct information centre of Victoria Gozo, in collaboration with the European Parliament Office in Malta and Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, a biblical garden was inaugurated on Thursday, 5th November 2015 on Ghammar Hill, Ta’ Pinu, Gozo as part of a project co-funded by the European Union.

Forty two, carob, pomegranate and fig trees were planted in the area of the 4th station of the way of the cross, trees which are mentioned in the bible. The rector of Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, Reverend Gerard Buhagiar, spoke about the project plan which he has for the area of Ta’ Pinu sanctuary and the surrounding area. This biblical garden can be enjoyed by people who can stay in silence to reflect and pray in the midst of nature. 

The ceremony was attended by Dr Peter Agius from the European Parliament Office in Malta, Mr Joseph G. Grech from the Gozo Business Chamber, Mr Victor Galea from Gozo College, Mr Anthony Zammit from Eco Gozo and Rev. Gerard Buhagiar from Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary who all made short addresses and encouraged the school children attending to take care of the environment.

Other distinguished guests included mayors and members from the Local Councils of Fontana, Ghasri, Kercem, Nadur and Xewkija.

The event was enlivened by the participation of school children from Gozo College Xaghra primary who presented various songs and readings about the environment under the direction of their teachers.

Thanks to all the participants, as well as to the help by personnel from the Agriculture Department, the event was highly successful. We hope that others may be encouraged to offer to sponsor another part of this project which the Rector of Ta’ Pinu sanctuary would like to finish.

Our Local Council was selected for the Urban Greening Project for 2016 under the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change.

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