We are very proud of the green deliveries for this high-quality project in Reims: “Les Promenades” and “Central Park”. We supply many hundreds of sustainably grown trees to complete the metamorphosis and redesign of the Promenade of Reims and associated Park as the city’s green central vein. Here you can see the first planting of a few dozen Quercus cerris (visualizations: AJOA, Paris).

Reims is the most important historic city in the Champagne region, and Les Promenades are the green lung and vein with a central location between the historic center, restaurants and station.

The green crossroads between pedestrians, car parks, city buses, station, and even highway, therefore important as a tourist attraction that defines the green area and new green image of Reims.

For generations of residents and visitors to the City, the location Les Promenades (and Place Colbert) means the outdoor experience from child to elderly in that prestigious city. Play, meet, unwind, admire, move, celebrate, picnic.

Reims Les Promenades en Central Park (visual: AJOA, Paris)
Reims Les Promenades and Central Park (visual: AJOA, Paris)

It is the setting of Reim from museums to circus / funfairs, from stations to top class restaurants, from classified avenues with beautiful buildings to memorial monuments and archeology.

The involvement of residents and entrepreneurs in the experience of the trees and their choice was part of numerous consultation phases.

Reims Les Promenades en Central Park (visual: AJOA, Paris)
Reims Les Promenades and Central Park (visual: AJOA, Paris)

The design concerns a total integration project with an eye for water and cooling (fountains), resting places, light and shadow, event & movement, and botanical experience including undergrowth of local and wild selections.

Tree choices were documented and illustrated for the entire population along the yard and in urban and press communication, and are integrated between a number of permanent monumental trees.

Reims Les Promenades en Central Park
Reims Les Promenades en Central Park

More specifically, the choice of our Quercus cerris is well-founded and valuable because it takes into account the geological specificity and climate: in particular, this oak tree performs traditionally better on calcareous soil than on clayey soil, and the Champagne region is known for the tens of kilometers carved out wineries in the limestone soil where the well-known grapes also thrive.

But especially the Cerris is doing better than the classic Robur as a climate-robust tree, a conscious choice that sets the tone. Of these 170 specific oaks, nothing less than perfection was expected, which seems atypical because the species does not have the most uniform growth form.

Reims Les Promenades en Central Park
Reims Les Promenades and Central Park

Several leading tree nurseries in Europe were contacted in the consultation phases, during which M. van den Oever gradually won on the basis of a highly reliable reputation, availability, choice, service and sustainable cultivation.

In addition to the many Quercus cerrises, lindens and carpinuses, predetermined by the City and architecture office, a collection of beautiful multi-strains was chosen at M. van den Oever, which inspired everyone very much during the marking visit.

These are combined on the central square (Place Colbert) with a collection of multi-stem and high-stem apple varieties. Tree choices and the intended result were inspired by a conscious long-term vision of a Green City.

Reims Les Promenades en Central Park
First planting work Reims Les Promenades en Central Park