The Pradère mill lake in Castéra, located about twenty kilometers from Toulouse, will benefit from a complete restoration thanks to a grant of 40,000 euros awarded by the Heritage Foundation.
In recent years, the Heritage Foundation has provided financial support for projects having an impact on biodiversity. This year, the Pradère mill lake located in the town of Castera, 25 kilometers west of Toulouse, is one of the eight winners awarded. The Foundation granted a grant of 40,000 euros for the complete restoration of the premises.
“In 2017, a storm filled the lake with dirt. Of the 2,000 m2 of water originally present, the lake has only 100 left. It must therefore be cured, cleaned, sediment removed, then the banks revegetated. We chose this project because of its importance for biodiversity. Lots of migratory birds take shelter there ”, specifies Bernard Cassagnet, regional delegate within the Heritage Foundation.
Besides the environmental aspect, the site is also of historical interest. A 13th century mill, a remarkable historic building, bordering the shores of the lake.
“Many mills have been built on the banks of the Sava,” emphasizes Chantal Selier, tour guide at the Hauts Tolosans Tourist Office. Just next to Castéra, in Lormont, there is also a Commanderie des Templiers. “
Two dovecotes restored thanks to the Foundation
A few kilometers away, the Heritage Foundation helped restore two historic buildings: a private dovecote located on Chemin de la Mouline, in Daux, a building decorated with a beautiful glazed terracotta belt, and the dovecote of the former Ursuline convent in Granada. “The Heritage Foundation offers us other possibilities for the renovation of certain natural spaces. When the site is of tourist interest, as in the case of the Pradère mill lake, we help to submit the application, ”adds Chantal Selier.
The work should begin in January 2022 and be completed in the course of 2023.
“The owners of the site offer many activities around nature but also sport in a site which is the subject of a promotion to the general public thanks to the local tourist office”.