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Intent and Objectives: Review of the Guidelines on Works involving Trees


From: Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise
(​Environment & Resources Authority)​
​Published: ​14 October 2022
Running till: ​11 November 2022
​Last Updated: ​14 November 2022

1.        Background​


The Guidelines on Works involving Trees were issued in 2019 with the intent on providing clear details on best practices for various interventions on trees, primarily, pruning, transplanting and compensatory planting. The Guidelines represent a comprehensive document with information to prospective applicants, architects, consultants and the wider public on a number of items related to trees including:

    1.  Which trees are protected and under what circumstances is a permit needed;
    2.  How to apply for a permit;
    3.  How to carry out sensitive pruning works;
    4.  How to carry out sensitive transplanting;
    5.  Principles of compensatory planting, as an update to the Guidelines on Trees, Shrubs and Plants on       Planting and Landscaping in the Maltese Islands (EMU 2002);
    6.  How to avoid damage to trees due to construction; and
    7.  Becoming a Licensed Tree Specialist.​

2.        Consultation Questions
ERA is proposing to review various sections of the Guidelines on Works involving Trees. Amendments to the following sections of the Guidelines are being proposed:

    1.  ​How to apply for a permit;
    2.  Good practices in pruning, transplanting;
    3.  Compensation to include further scenarios and ratios; and
    4.  Any other sections requiring update.

The Authority wishes to receive feedback on the above intent and objectives, as well as any other related issues linked with these aspects you feel as duly relevant or of attention.

3.        Submission of input
Submissions were sent by email to: and received by 11 November 2022.
We thank you for your input.

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In addition, please be aware of:
·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.​

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