Extending trees\’ life


A number of carob trees have adorned the lower part of Kappara Valley for years.  It was hard for anyone to see them. The shadowed land next to the bridge was their home. They were covered in foliage and prickly pears.   That had to change.

A few metres across the bridge, further up, we find Wied Għollieqa (Bramble Valley).  Other carob trees live there in good company.  There are a number of endemic trees, brambles and plants.

The Kappara Project started.  The road next to the bridge will be widened. The horticulturalist guided workers on where the heavy machinery needed to dig up.  How deep they were to dig and how far.  One tree after the other were uprooted from the soil that accompanied them for all these years.

Wied Għollieqa, further up the valley, is a protected area.  It is a refuge for University students, a stone\’s throw away from the faculties that lie lowest in the valley.  Louise, from Nature Trust has her office a few metres away from Wied Għollieqa.  The office lies within car park 1 of the University of Malta.  Like every car park at University, it is inundated with cars every morning.  She leaves her office and walks into Wied Għollieqa, going through small country paths surrounded by trees, rubble walls and plants.  Louise goes down a small descent into a clearance as a heavy digger reaches the site.

The carob trees of Kappara Valley are loaded on trucks.  They embark on their longest trip as fully grown trees.  The trucks reach the site in Wied Għollieqa, a few hundred metres away from where the trees spent the rest of their lives.  The digger under Louise and the horticulturalist\’s instructions had already dug up a number of holes.

The trees are planted one by one.  Further up the hill, the trees can see were they lay before.  Louise and Nature Trust volunteers will care for them.