Our safeguarding program
To preserve the arboreal heritage and ecological richness of the site,
French Waterways Institution / Voies navigables de France (VNF) has started a large-scale replanting programme, which was praised by the Higher Commission of Sites, Perspectives and Countryside on 27 September, 2012. The scope of its implementation includes a commitment to restore the canal du Midi.
To develop this major project, reflecting the current era and the value of this work, VNF has summoned multidisciplinary teams, bringing together specialists, scientists and experts in heritage, historical, arboreal and landscaping fields.
The replanting shall reflect the iconic plant-type motif of the canal du Midi: symmetrically aligned
and spaced at regular intervals 7 to 8 metres apart, with each millstream devoted to the planting of a single species except in specific cases.
To retain the tree-lined canopy of the canal, the replanting programme has prioritised new species selected for their height and potential shading. Accordingly, 210 silver limes were planted at Villedubert (Aude)
as well as 160 hybrid plane trees, resistant to golden canker at Trèbes (Aude) and 62 at Castelnaudary (Aude).
This ambitious restoration project requires a budget of 200 million euros excluding contract management work.
To implement the project, we need:
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In order to fight against ceratocystis canker disease and ensure human safety, 4,100 plane trees have had to be cut down in 2015, bringing the total number of plane trees cut down since 2006 to 14,000.
Because the Ministry for the Environment, Energy, and the Sea approved the turkey oak as a recurring variety along the Canal du Midi along with six other varieties, VNF was able to accelerate its replanting programme with 2,000 trees over the winter of 2015-2016 and with 1,700 additional plantings planned for the winter of 2016-2017.
Since 2011, VNF has replanted a total of 4,100 trees.
For more information about the replanting program, please check our local office website (in French).
The higher our numbers, the more we will be able to preserve the plant heritage of the Canal du Midi! Join the Canal du Midi replanting community!
Through your donation, you will be funding the replanting programme for the next six months. If we join forces, we can replant more and more trees.
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