The ditch outside Mdina's bastions from Greek's gate to Xara Palace including the area below the main gate, is being turned into a recreational space which will be open to the public.

Users of the football ground and tennis court will be found alternative facilities and the area turned into a turfed space complete with fountains, the Prime Minister and Resources Minister George Pullicino said during a tour of the site this morning.

The project is due to be completed at the end of next year. The trees will be retained.

The Resources Ministry is also continuing its bastions restoration project. An operation to support the Vilhena bastion, which had been in danger of collapse, is due to be completed by June, and will be followed by works on Despuig bastion and Magazine Curtain. The works in all cases include the strengthening of the foundations, as well as restoration.

Remains of a mediaval tower, discovered recently, will be put on display.

85% of the total cost of the €6.2m project is being funded by the EU.

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