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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Buskett

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Buskett

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Human activity has virtually wiped out Malta's once lush forests and only pockets of woodland have survived until this day. Buskett – meaning “a little forest” represents an attempt to reverse some of the devastation – and to create a forested area suitable for hunting for the amusement of the Knights. It was Grandmaster Verdala who acquired the land where the tower that is known by his name today stands. This was designed by the celebrated Glormu Cassar The Grand Master enhanced the woodland by embarking on a massive afforestation project. The castle was briefly used by the French occupiers to accommodate prisoners of war. When the French were ousted by the British, the Castle was allowed to become a derelict building until 1855 when Governor William Reid commissioned its restoration. This was completed under the auspices of his successor, Gaspard Le Marchant. A marble plaque above the Castle's main portico, flanked by a statue of the first Grand Master of the order in Malta – L'isle Adam commemorates these three all-important personalities in the castle's history.

A prominent feature of Buskett is a cave-like construction whose entrance is guarded by a stalactite - this was commissioned by Grand Master Lascaris. Restoration work in 1987 revealed the existence of a spring beneath the paving.

Buskett is very popular with the local population as a picnic area and on weekends, especially during the cooler months of the year - it is typically crowded with young families and older citizens, perhaps reminiscing their youthful years.

Carmelite Church and Priory - Mdina

  • "Buskett" means "Little forest"
  • Area of woodland, created in an afforestation project commissioned by Grandmaster Verdala, to be used as hunting ground for the amusement of the Knights.