Background & challenges
Since 2010, ash trees in Hauts-de-France have fallen victim to chalarose, a foliar fungus disease for which there is no effective treatment. The risk of falling trees or branches due to this disease has led the National Forests Office to forbid access to certain state forests with a high density of ash trees, out of concern for the safety of hikers.
The goal is now to cut down and replace all the sick and dying trees. This project is part of a vast replanting programme, with two million trees to be replanted over the next 10 years.
This first objective has an educational angle because several school classes in the region will gain environmental awareness throughout the year. Children, who today are increasingly out of touch with nature, will discover the forests close to home as well as others elsewhere in the world, thanks to a twinning with schools in Togo following a similar approach. Each child will plant from 5 to 10 trees during a half-day trip to the forest.
The educational aspect of this project will encourage children, through tree planting, to:
- ‘get their hands dirty’, discover the riches of the forest and reconnect with nature;
- act in the public interest through a gesture related to the notion of long-term, free for oneself, for others and for future generations;
- take the opportunity to act for the planet now, instead of waiting until they are adults, and thus reveal their potential as eco-citizens.
- participate in international solidarity by discovering the world’s forests and exchanging ideas with their peers in Togo who, like them, are replanting trees on their territory. A twinning has therefore been set up between French and Togolese classes, whereby three partner schools in Togo are accompanied in the same way to plant 7,200 trees. The Togolese teachers also organize two workshops during the year to present the approach to the children and have teaching materials for studying the world’s forests.
From an environmental point of view, the trees planted will deliver the following benefits:
- contribute to soil structure throughout their life cycles;
- serve as natural shelters for a wide range of fauna and flora;
- provide a cooler microclimate, thus mitigating the effects of climate change;
- directly tackle global warming through carbon sequestration and the introduction of suitable tree species.
Around 100 children from four schools and four classes in France. Likewise in Togo, about 100 children will be involved in at least three classes.
Number of trees
In France: 3,600 trees planted in total, to retain 2,880 for up to 40 years.
In Togo, twice as many will be planted in parallel, i.e. around 5,760 permanent trees.
In France : sessile oak, pedunculated oak, beech (local species) together with natural regeneration that will recolonise the soil with maple, hornbeam, birch, Alisier, alder, aspen, cherry…
Kinomé, Canopé and ONF
Works timeline (in France)
Period 1: spring 2020 (Mai and August)
- Meeting of ONF teams in the field (2 zones)
- selection, visiting the plots to be replanted and recording their GPS coordinates
- identifying partner schools and contact with the French academic inspection office
Period 2: September to October 2020
- Presentation of the project by Kinomé to teachers for the start of the school year 2020/2021
- Soil working by mechanical pots
- Providing the E-Twinning digital platform for teachers and training so they can access educational resources and publish the learning outputs of their classes
Period 3: November to December 2020
- planting in the two fields by children and installing wildlife protection fencing
- presenting the children with individually named planting certificate
- Animation of the digital work platform: online web-series on the world’s forests, online reports by French classes on their plantation experience, etc.
Period 4 – January to June 2020 : Animation of the digital work platform: initiation of twinning between French classes and a selection of schools in Africa, whose children are actors like the French youth in a plantation project.
Period 5 – January to June 2021: initiation of twinning between French classes and a selection of schools in Togo where children are also involved in replanting
Replenishing at T+2 years (2022): if less than 70% of trees stay alive, replenishment of plots
Every year for five years (2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025): cleaning (to remove invasive plants in particular)
T+5 : removal of protection fencing
Every five years : maintenance and lopping
T+40 years, then every 10/15 years : thinning (selecting the healthiest trees and cutting down others so they will continue to grow well)
The total budget to be collected is €60,480. The price for planting a lasting tree is €21 and breaks down as follows:
- technical work and supervision: €4.75
- plants and protection: €2.67
- activities and follow-up in France: €3.88
- coordination and project management €2.04
- educational action in Togo: €3.75
- collection, follow-up and communication costs for A Tree For You (18.62%): €3.91
This price includes one tree in France and two trees in Togo.
One third of this project is funded by CNP Assurances.
“CNP Assurances is very proud to support the A Tree for You association as an extension of its social and environmental commitment”