As part of the “Geneva, City of Trees” programme, Parc La Grange will host several temporary events from 7 to 11 September 2021. They will give visitors the chance to learn all about deciduous trees, how they work and who lives in them, and even to climb up the branches in complete safety.
Last May, the City of Geneva launched the multi-annual awareness programme entitled “Geneva, City of Trees”. Organised jointly by Agenda 21 – Sustainable City and the Parks and Gardens Service (SEVE) under the banner “Trees take care of the city, the City takes care of its trees”, it aims to promote tree heritage and biodiversity in an urban environment.
Against this backdrop, it presents the “From root to treetop” project, designed by the Association Suisse des Soins aux Arbres (ASSA), in partnership with the IDEEHAUT and La Libellule associations, as well as numerous scientists. According to Alfonso Gomez, Executive Councillor responsible for the environment, “In parallel to the actions implemented to revegetate the city and the significant work carried out in the field by the SEVE teams, it is essential to make the population aware of the crucial role played by trees in our lives”.
These entirely secure experiences supervised by professionals are divided into three types of naturalist event, during which scientific mediators will organise activities and provide explanations for the participants. The “Roots” section is the starting point to reach the treetops and the area dedicated to workshops focussing on the base of the trees. “Branches” will take participants half-way up, to suspended tables or large nets. Finally, situated 8-10 metres in the air, the “Canopy” section explores the world of birds, small animals and the treetops, where humans are only very rarely invited in.
Windows for school groups will be organised from 7 September. Registrations are required for the free workshops intended for the public and can be made via the website www.assa-evenements.ch. The animations on the ground are open to all, while the other activities are reserved for anyone aged 8 and over. And because knowledge should be accessible to all, the “human-powered lifts” allow senior citizens, less active people and those with physical and mental handicaps to reach the treetops (Wednesday 8 September during the afternoon, by registration).
Wednesday 8 September (afternoon): open to handicapped people, by registration: @email
Thursday 9 and Saturday 11 September: open to the general public. Each workshop can welcome between 6 and 10 people. Free places, mandatory online registration at www.assa-evenements.ch. The workshops will be held whatever the weather (partial cover provided in the event of rain).
Article modifié le 03.09.2021 à 15:03