It really is a pleasure to have my collection of paintings inspired by trees "Arbor Vitae" hanging in the Visitor's Centre of the Majjistral Nature and History Park.
Not many people seem to know where the Park is, let alone about the significance of the work done here. The entrance to the Visitor's Centre is situated between Golden Bay and Manikata.... see the map below.
The centre itself is a beautifully renovated building in the old British barracks situated between Golden Bay and Manikata. It is packed with leaflets, displays, maps and information about the local environment.
Guided Nature Walks are run every Sunday from October to May, but the Park is otherwise open to the public, free of charge. Email firstname.lastname@example.org , call 21521291 or visit their website http://mt.majjistral.org/home
The Majjistral Nature and History Park is the only area of protected natural land in Malta. It is situated along the Northwest coast of Malta and stretches from Golden Bay to Anchor Bay.
As well as a few small farmer’s structures and interesting remains thought to date back to the Bronze Age, the Park encompasses a sandy beach, dunes, clay slopes, boulder screes and wild clifftop and maritime garigue. It has a rich ecological and rural heritage, home to many indigenous species of wildlife and rare flora and fauna.
Much work has been done in the clearance of rubbish and planting of thousands of indigenous shrubs and trees.
On the 26th November we are organising a poetry evening at the Centre. Hosted by Vanessa MacDonald, it promises to be a lot of fun. Readers will be sharing their own work or one that they love, on the subject of trees or nature. There will be wine, nibbles,and laughs. We are asking for a donation of 10euro towards the upkeep of the area. Everyone is welcome! 7.30pm onwards
My exhibition of paintings and prose
"Arbor Vitae" opened at the Visitor's Centre on the 4th November and will be on show until the 16th December. I pop in when I can during the week, but the staff are there from 8.30am until 3pm. Call me on 99458286 and I'll meet you there if I can. I open it myself on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm and I would love to see you there!
I am hoping that, in my small way, my exhibition will help to raise awareness about the importance of trees in our lives, and also to encourage people to visit one of Malta's wonderful hidden gems.
Come and discover the Park!