The Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) received a request to declare the existing carob trees in Triq San Ġwann Bosco, Dingli (refer to map below) as a Tree Protection Area (TPA) under criteria 4(d) and 4(e) of regulation 6 of the Trees and Woodlands Protection Regulations (SL 549.123).

Whilst acknowledging the relevance of these trees, the Authority noted that for such trees to qualify as TPA as per regulation 6, these trees have to exhibit exceptional particular features.

The carob trees in question are not linked to past specific cultural and historical events and are not considered as a prominent landmark. Moreover, they do not form any peculiar landscape or specific habitat types or features as listed in the Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations (SL 549.44) and the copse does not feature any pertinent diversity within its tree formation with no or limited underbrush and no diversity in woodland species.

The Authority also noted that other carob trees present within the area outside the development zone are protected under the Trees and Woodlands Protection Regulations (SL 549.123).

The ERA Board voted not to uphold the proposal by Moviment Graffitti with six votes in favour and two against.

22 January 2021

Dingli Carob trees