Some 500 children from the Agenda Kids Club planted their own tree at the Foresta 2000 site, next to the Red Tower in Mellieha, during the Tree Planting Weekend organised by the Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment between October 26 and 28.
In all, the Agenda Kids Club contributed over 3,000 trees for a children-friendly area incorporated as part of the afforestation project currently underway at the site. Last May, the project was the subject of a vandalism attack, following which a nationwide campaign was launched to raise funds for the restoration of the area and to increase the number of trees planted at the Foresta 2000.
Private organisations and civil society will be participating with their contribution towards the restoration project. Agenda Kids Club planted personalised trees in the afternoon of Sunday, October 27 during a programme jam-packed with fun activities aimed to foster love of the environment among children.
“The aim of the Agenda Kids Club is to encourage education through reading which, in turn, introduces children to the world that surrounds us, including issues of concern like the environment,” said Rachelle Tabone, Marketing Manager for Agenda Bookshop. “Being educated also means being aware of the threats faced by the environment and assuming the responsibility to do our part to improve and look after the environment. Now, having done our bit to have an area exclusively for kids where they can combine leisure and reading in a natural environment really makes us proud.”
The Agenda Kids Club was established last year with the aim of promoting literature and educating children on issues like the environment. In collaboration with the 34U Campaign of the Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment, the Club is committed to plant a tree for every member registered by the end of the year.
Every young member who joins the Agenda Kids Club receives a certificate – together with a goodie bag and membership benefits – as proof that a tree is being planted in their name. This is in line with the Club’s philosophy to show that just one little tree from a child can make a difference to make Malta greener for the benefit of future generations. Membership into the Agenda Kids Club is free of charge.
“We are pleased to have kids, through Agenda Kids Club, showing interest in the 34U Campaign,” said coordinator Glenn Bugeja. “Such an initiative goes a long way to instil a pro environment culture from a very early age and give out the message that the environment belongs to each and every individual and as such we are all its carers, young and old.”