The hundred silver lime trees have been parasitized by a fungus. The slaughter operation will last fifteen days.
A hundred silver laborers began to be slaughtered as a safety measure on Monday at Parc de Parilly, in Bron near Lyon. They have been attacked by fungi responsible for several tree falls in the past.
“We really see the dead wood with a darker part. It is the wood that has been parasitized and consumed by the fungus”, explains Pierre Athanaze, vice-president of the Metropolis of Lyon in charge of the Environment, the protection animals and risk prevention, at the microphone of BFM Lyon.
From next November, 250 new trees and more than 2,000 shrubs adapted to different climates will be planted to replace them. “We start with around fifteen tree species on a ‘pollinating insect’ theme (…) It is a plant palette that we have submitted to experts”, specifies Pierre Athanaze.
This initiative has already been led by Lyon Metropolis at La Duchère where a forest more resistant to the vagaries of nature has been planted.
The operation will cost 138,000 euros in total and last another fortnight in the Parc de Parilly. All the wood, branches and leaves will be crushed and used for mulching other plants.