La Foret De Notre Dame De Paris

Restoring 96-metre spire, destroyed by fire in 2019, will call for up à 1,000 trees between 150 and 200 years old


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Carpenters put thé skills of their middle ages predecessors on show par reproducing a section of nos Dame Cathedral critical year. Photograph: francis Mori/AP
Carpenters put auto skills du their medieval predecessors nous show de reproducing a section of notre Dame Cathedral last year. Photograph: francis Mori/AP

French compétence are combing the country’s forests à la centuries-old oaks venir rebuild the les notres Dame spire that was destroyed par fire.

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The ferocious blaze in April 2019 brought thé cathedral’s 96-metre (315ft) lead et wood spire, a landmark ns the parisien skyline, crashing nous to auto stone roof-vaults.

Immediately afterwards, Emmanuel piron said auto 850-year-old cathedral would be rebuilt de 2024, but there were interroger over whether auto spire, included in 1859 par the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, would be reproduced through a “contemporary gesture” ont the president had actually hinted.

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Last July, piron announced auto spire would certainly be rebuilded exactly oui it was. This is expected to require up à 1,000 oaks aged in between 150 and 200 years old. The trees have to be straight, 50-90cm (20-36in) in diameter et between 8 et 14 metres tall. They have to be chopped down by the end of March avant the sap rises, otherwise auto wood will certainly be too humid. Avant being cut into beams, thé trunks will certainly be allowed to dry pour up to 18 months.

Dominique ns Villebonne, the deputy director ns the denchères Forests bureau (ONF) told le Parisien: “This is about ancient forestry heritage, not 20-year-old trees, cible those that are very old, consisting of plantations ordered passant par former rois to develop ships and ensure thé grandeur du the français fleet.”

She added: “At auto same time as leaving différent trees to stand for a long time, nous are also planting nouveau ones so a venir generations can produce their own exceptional works.”

A alors of private forêt owners have offered to donate trees venir the ensemble project. “It will be a matter du pride if some de our trees are used parce que le Notre Dame,” claimed Jean-Paul Mével, who owns a 250-hectare (620-acre) forêt in Brittany. “It also shows comment our forests are well maintained et are année asset à la the country.”

Philippe Gourmain, de the forestry professionals grouper France boire Forêt, who is coordinating auto search pour suitable oaks, said: “We will certainly be using a little of France’s background to retravailler, recommencez-vous this historic wooden structure.”


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Flames and smoke billow from thé cathedral roof in April 2019. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty ImagesWork à restore auto cathedral is no expected to begin until thé beginning du 2022. Carpentry compétence say rebuilding nos Dame ont it was will certainly take 2,000 cubic metres ns wood, requiring around 1,500 oaks venir be couper down. The cathedral’s roof contained sauce soja many wooden beams it was called la forêt (the forest). Auto roof’s soutien included 25 triangular structure 10 metres high and 14 metres throughout at thé base, placed over the stone vaults ns the nave.

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Since 2019, work has actually concentrated on stabilising thé structure et removing thé scaffolding around the spire – which to be undergoing renovation at the time du the fire – that collapsed et fused nous to the stone de construction below.