Entertainment In Palaiseau, the inhabitants become actors of the vegetation

15:00  21 september  2020
15:00  21 september  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Palaiseau, le 19 septembre 2020. L’association La Conviviale a organisé un événement pour végétaliser la ville avec une œuvre éphémère au pied d’un arbre. La municipalité veut aussi développer une végétalisation participative avec des citoyens jardiniers. © LP / Cécile Chevallier. Palaiseau, September 19, 2020. The association La Conviviale organized an event to green the city with an ephemeral work at the foot of a tree. The municipality also wants to develop participatory greening with citizen gardeners.

Palaiseau wants even more green. This Monday evening, elected officials must vote in city council on the experimental phase of “greening the urban space”. The majority hope to encourage “residents to reclaim public space by participating in its greening near their homes”. Something to find an echo among the members of La Conviviale, a citizen and ecological collective whose members have become minority municipal councilors. The association organized an event on Saturday "for a fruity city".

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"Promoting nature and biodiversity in the city, participating in the beautification of the city or creating social links", these are the objectives targeted by the municipality . “We hope to be able to rely on citizen gardeners, who will participate in the revegetation of their doorstep, their street, in short in very close proximity, explains Grégoire de Lasteyrie, mayor (LR). As for the passage in zone 30 km / h, we first carry out an experiment of several months, to see what works and what needs to be corrected. »

Before setting off, he spoke a lot with his counterparts in Angers and Orléans, who developed this citizen greening. "We are going to create a committee made up of local actors and municipal services," says Grégoire de Lasteyrie. The commission will study individual projects and initiatives. Once the files have been selected, the citizen gardeners will be accompanied by our green space agents to advise them and provide them with all the equipment. »

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This experiment should partly satisfy the members of the Conviviale. On Saturday, they received more than 150 people during their event around this theme of participatory greening. The interventions of the Magic Hedge (an association which "puts green in the city" in Massy, ​​Igny ...) and Émilie Bourgouin, co-founder of Liane de rue, an association that works in the twentieth arrondissement of Paris, were particularly followed.

Palaiseau, le 19 septembre 2020. L’association La Conviviale demande la mise en place d’un permis de végétaliser dans Palaiseau. LP/Cécile Chevallier. © Provided by Le Parisien Palaiseau, September 19, 2020. The La Conviviale association is requesting the establishment of a greening permit in Palaiseau. LP / Cécile Chevallier.

The latter was able to tell everything that has been done in her “very mineral” neighborhood. “When I arrived here, I told myself that it was already very green compared to the 20th arrondissement,” smiles Émilie Bourgouin. So you can try other things as well. »

" Fruity city "

La Conviviale is counting on it. The association claims a "permit to revegetate in Palaiseau", as it has existed in Paris since 2015. "For a city in charge of road maintenance and green spaces, it is a question of allowing inhabitants to garden on the site. 'public space by encouraging, helping and supervising these practices,' detail Laure Bourrellis and Benjamin Preciado, from the collective and minority municipal councilors. On the subject, Grégoire de Lasteyrie replies that he does not “forbid himself anything”, just waiting for the return of the experiment.

More than a city in bloom, the Conviviale prefers the label (which does not exist) "city fruity". “We would like the permit to revegetate to be put in place to plant fruit trees in particular,” explains Laure Bourrellis. Go towards a vegetation that is not only decorative, but also melliferous for foraging insects, nutritious, helping to fight against global warming, floods… ”

Wanting to be“ constructive and useful ”, the Convivial should approve the experiment proposed by the majority . "We are delighted to urge them to act," smiles Laure Bourrellis, convinced that their Saturday event, prepared for months, encouraged the municipality to take up the subject. But we will be vigilant so that not only “pretty” projects are selected and that the inhabitants really have the possibility of proposing things, that everything does not come from above. "

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