A public garden in Paola featuring around 75 trees and more than 25,000 plants is now open to the public following a significant revamp.

Named after former Prime Minister Dom Mintoff, the garden cost around €1 million to restore and will add some 9,000 square metres of recreational space to the area, the ministry said.

The government had pledged the revamp ahead of the 2017 general election and works had quickly started, only to then come to a halt while the ministry "improved designs" for the project.  

The garden also includes an underground reservoir, created at a cost of €400,000, which will be used to store rainwater which will then irrigate the garden’s various trees and plants.

Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi led the inauguration ceremony, with Energy Minister Joe Mizzi also present.

Minister Konrad Mizzi (left) and Joe Mizzi (right) did the honours. Photo: DOI/Tourism MinistryMinister Konrad Mizzi (left) and Joe Mizzi (right) did the honours. Photo: DOI/Tourism Ministry