Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Trees for Notre-Dame from the Loire Valley

 Like all over France, owners of forests and sawmills in Indre et Loire (the Touraine Loire Valley) have mobilised, donating more than sixty trees for the reconstruction of the Notre-Dame de Paris roof carpentry. The trees, all between 150 and nearly 300 years old, will primarily come from forests at Amboise and Loches, but also Sainte Maure de Touraine and Orbigny. If you tour with us you will drive through some of these forests and learn how they are managed to provide such important timbers. The project to restore the Cathedral is a huge learning experience, and we would like you to be a part of that aspect of it by passing on our knowledge of heritage conservation practices.

Measuring a tree felled in the Forest of Loches for the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris.
Felling trees for the restoration of Notre Dame. Photo courtesy of Alain Biard

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