Toulouse: is the big Christmas tree anti-green?
20 meters high, the Christmas tree was installed on the Jean-Jaurès alleys in Toulouse by the company Abies Décor a few days ago. It is made up of 385 small trees.
That’s it, the symbol of the end of the year celebrations is back in Toulouse. The giant Christmas tree was installed on the ramblas a few days ago. Like last year, the Morvandelle company Abies Décor was responsible for its installation, or to be fairer, their installation. 385 small fir trees, spruces two meters high, have in fact been placed on a steel frame 20 meters high.
A number of trees and a process that had not lacked comments last year. This year, the reactions are more discreet. For Régine Lange, member of Génération Écologie Haute-Garonne, this tree nevertheless symbolizes “a general policy and the fact that ecological imperatives are not taken seriously”.
“a tree 3 meters high grows very quickly”
Thomas Brail, member of the National Tree Watch Group, can avoid cutting trees every year by planting a spruce or Douglas fir in a perennial way. “If taken care of properly, a tree 3 meters tall grows very quickly. We spend 30,000 to 40,000 euros each year to install a tree that will be cut, whereas with this money we could maintain a tree for years! “
However, it is difficult to know if the ramblas would allow a large tree to flourish. Mickaël Goux, manager of Abies Décor, does not think so and defends his process. “When we cut a tree, we replant one immediately afterwards. It is no less ecological than an artificial tree from China and it allows a whole industry to live. The giant Toulouse tree will remain on the ramblas until the beginning of January. The Burgundian company will then come to dismantle its steel structure, while the City will recover the trees. “They will probably be used for mulching the soil. The Christmas tree market represents a cost of around € 50,000 for the town hall.