Rubble Walls at Wied Ħażrun, l/o Dingli - 2010


Wied Ħażrun is an ideal location for the cultivation of fruit trees due to its natural shelter from the winds and fertile land, despite a relative shortage of water. Cultivated fruit ranges from oranges and lemons to various types of plums and peaches. Rubble walls lining the terraced fields are believed to be hundreds of years old. Apart from many parts that have collapsed, the walls are in a fairly good condition, retaining original texture, height and alignment dating back to the terracing of the fields. One of the main features, and challenges, of the walls is their height, which in many parts rises above two metres. Proposed interventions include the sensitive restoration of rubble walls, consolidation and rebuilding of collapsed areas.