Context

The Plateau de Valensole is a small agricultural region in the Alpes de Haute-Provence with many challenges. Thanks to the production of lavandin and durum wheat in the Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur region, its agricultural landscapes also give it an important tourist attraction. Classified as a Natura 2000 site, it also hosts many heritage species directly dependent on agricultural practices and production systems. However, the Valensole plateau is today facing many challenges (climate change, water pollution, etc.) that threaten its biodiversity.

 

Supported project

The L'OCCITANE Foundation supports the agroecology project of the Verdon Regional Natural Park. The project aims to plant hedges of fruit trees of old varieties on the Plateau de Valensole. Indeed, the hedge is known for its multiple interests: climate regulation, erosion control, habitat for wildlife and pollinators, fruit production… This project preserves biodiversity while ensuring an activity for farmers.

Some figures

This project aims to plant 1860 trees in hedges, rows of trees and isolated trees, 31 different old varieties of fruit trees. These trees are home to many emblematic animal species such as the Southern Shrike or the Athena Owl.

2019 budget 12 000 euros

2019 goal 31 preserved varieties

History

Project supported since 2016

Total budget 26 640 euros

Total goal 122 preserved varieties

Since 2016, the support of the L'OCCITANE Foundation has enabled the planting of 5,100 trees on 4.2 km of hedges that promote the preservation of 122 different varieties of trees and the awareness of more than 500 people.