A tree planting event took place in Paphos on Friday morning, creating the largest park in the centre of Paphos, according to a spokesman.
Dozens of local students and environmentalists took part in the event, which saw the planting of five hundred and twenty five new trees, the cost of which was covered entirely by sponsorship from telecommunications company, Cyta.
“The park was created opposite the monument of Makarios and the soil was carefully prepared before to increase the chance of the tree surviving and also saves more than 70% of water,” he said.
Speaking at the ceremony, Paphoos Mayor Phedonas Phedonos expressed his joy and satisfaction at the presence of young student volunteers, stressing that their contribution clearly sends the message that today’s and tomorrow’s citizens of Paphos appreciate the environment, care their town and seek a better quality of life.
“Through this new intervention, we want to create a vibrant culture nucleus and an environmental reference point. We want to offer the residents of the region a place of relaxation and sociability, good entertainment and natural beauty,” he said.
He also made special mention of the renovation and transformation of the Turkish Cypriot building, known as the “Ahmet Rashid House”, which is included in the site, and aims to establish it for innovative enterprises, noting that this initiative is part of a new era for Paphos, that of modern technology, and a “smart and green city”, and sustainable actions and sustainable development.
The building will be fully renovated, at an estimated cost of around 300,000 euros which will come from European funding.
The event was also welcomed by head of Cyta for the region, Costas Mantis, and the representative of the Environment Commissioner, Ioanna Panagiotou.
The park, which will be home not only to trees but also flowers and shrubs, will also include a playground, a small refreshment area, a walkway and a cycle path.