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Majjistral Park Walk with Hwawar u Fjuri

Proġett Ħwawar u Fjuri and Majjistral Nature and History Park are hosting a visit of the Park on the 26th of April through the rich landscape of Malta’s first natural National park. The walk starts at 09:30 and ends around 12:00. It goes along a circular route about 5 km long, so to have a pleasant time please wear adequate walking shoes for slightly rugged terrain.

Majjistral Walk - Poster ImageTo join us for the visit please make advanced booking of your participation by email to Annalise Falzon, the Park Guide, on walks@majjistral.org. Every participant is required to pay 5 euro that will go to Majjistral Park. The group visit is limited to 35 people so booking are made on a first come first serve basis. Booking are closed by the 22nd of April. The walk is open to everyone and is guided by Annalise Falzon.

The Park is the first natural National park of the Maltese islands, and is home to a rich variety of endemic flora. Our walk will take us through the scenic landscape of the northwest of Malta, where we will be able to experience some of the 430 different plant species that are hosted in the park. The Proġett Ħwawar u Fjuri through this walk hopes that participants will openly share their stories and experiences, in line with the project’s narrative method, as they walk around the flora and landscape of the National park.

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‘Ħwawar u Fjuri’ aims to create a space were Maltese nationals and migrants can meet each other and share experiences through narration of stories on the use of herbs and flowers in their own country and culture of origin.

Proġett Ħwawar u Fjuri is a project run by Integra Foundation in collaboration with the Carmelite Priory in Mdina with funds awarded under the President’s Creativity Award. For further information about this project read more on https://hwawarfjuri.wordpress.com/ or like our facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Hwawar-u-Fjuri

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Majjistral Nature and History Park is Malta’s first natural national park. Located in Mellieħa in the northwest of Malta, it includes the coastal area from Golden Bay to Il-Prajjet and inland towards Manikata at ix- Xagħra l-Ħamra. It was declared a national park by the Government of Malta in September 2007 and is managed by the Heritage Parks Federation. For further information regarding Majjistral Nature and History Park read more on www.majjistral.org

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Lecture on Ethno Botany: The Maltese islands

Introduction to Ethnobotany

Ethnobotany is the scientific study of the relationships existing between peoples and plants. It is not merely a collection of the daily utilizations of plants, but it is also the study of all the histories, cultures and languages of a place. The ethnobotanist collects, observes the environmental management, and plans ecological solutions respecting habitat, flora and fauna. He studies the plants’ etymology, and their utilization in local medicine, or music, and moreover their historical and cultural contaminations.

Plants are always close to everyday life, they became part of the traditional culture of the human being. So flowers, plants and spices are the core of the crossed history between people and countries. Explorations, trade exchanges, migrations, all contribute to create the ethnobotanical tradition of a country.

Ethnobotanists aim to document, describe and explain the complex relationship between cultures and uses of plants, focusing primarily on how plants are used, managed and perceived across human societies. This includes employments as food, clothing, currency, ritual instruments, medicine, dying products, construction materials, cosmetic ingredients and a lot more.

The ethnobotanist would like to discover, collect, and pass down the knowledge to younger generations. They aspire to support the cultural tradition and to conserve the bio-cultural diversity. In this ti

me where globalization seems to flatten out knowledges, ethnobotany becomes an essential vehicle to value diversity and achieve a multicultural society.

Plants tell us tales…

Lecture Invitation

Are you curious to learn more about the folkloristic traditions of the Maltese islands and their connection to the islands environment and history?

Carmelite Priory Courtyard

We, at the Proġett Ħwawar u Fjuri, want to invite you for a lecture by Dr. Simona Lippi on her ethnobotanic research in the Maltese Archipelago. She will show a short video about the various aspects of Maltese tradition and present the findings of her research. The Ethnobotanic lecture will be held on Monday 3rd of March between 18:00pm. and 20:00pm.m., at the Carmelite’s Priory in Mdina.

Please confirm your attendance by sending an email on hwawar.fjuri@gmail.com

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