Musée du Louvre
18/01/2021

1 million euros collected to replant Grande Allée

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Thanks to the mobilisation and generosity of more than 4,500 donors, the Louvre Museum has raised €1 million to restore the Grande Allée des Tuileries. The objective of the "All Patrons! "campaign has once again been achieved! In a few weeks' time, 92 elms will be planted and 26 benches will be renovated, restoring the splendour of the jewel of the "French-style" gardens.

The Musée du Louvre warmly thanks the 4,500 generous donors, the Société des Amis du Louvre, Parfums Christian Dior, Moët Hennessy, and Stéphane Marie, presenter of the TV show "Silence, ça pousse ! "on France 5 and ambassador of the 11th "All Patrons! ».

A popular enthusiasm for the Tuileries, the capital's green lung

The success of this campaign once again this year demonstrates the public's desire to take part, within the limits of its means, in projects to restore and preserve national heritage.
While many donors are loyal to the Louvre, the Tuileries garden attracted 32% new benefactors this year. The average donation is €200 and the most frequent donation is €50.
The sponsorship of the trees and benches was particularly enthusiastic among contributors: all 92 trees were sponsored just one month after the launch of the campaign (donations of €1,500 or more). 

Through these trees that will pass through the generations, a tribute to Louise and Alphonse who gave me the opportunity to be who I am and who will continue to exist a little in the world of tomorrow where the youngest will enjoy life, the gentleness of a walk, the richness of visits to the Louvre museum..
Annick, donor

Replanting 92 elms, an ambitious project


Launched on 14 September 2020, the "All Patrons! of the Tuileries" campaign aimed to raise €1 million, which is needed to finance the
planting of 92 majestic elms and the restoration of 26 freestone benches on the Grande Allée des Tuileries.
In 1665, André Le Nôtre, creator of Louis XIV's gardens, designed this exceptional perspective, which stretches from the Tuileries Palace to the future Avenue des Champs-Elysées. However, the felling of trees during the Revolution distorted its original design and transformed this tree-lined path into a wide mineral space, not very conducive to walking. 
The Louvre Museum has therefore designed an ambitious renovation project for the Grande Allée, to magnify the great historical axis of Paris. The replanting of two rows of elm trees will bring the garden back to its 17th century layout. By bringing more freshness and nature, this project will improve public comfort while promoting biodiversity. 
The choice of elm was made on the basis of abundant historical, scientific and landscape documentation. It is a species that has been present in the Tuileries Gardens since the time of Le Nôtre but has almost disappeared today. The elm trees were in fact decimated by a disease, graphiosis, in the 1970s. Since then, the Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA) has developed a new variety resistant to the disease, Ulmus minor Vada ® 'Wanoux', which has been chosen for the Grande Allée. 

This tree is adapted to the soil of the Tuileries garden and to changing climatic conditions.

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