The international symposium « Tree avenues – from war to peace » is finished. 110 participants from 4 continents had gathered in Liffol-le-Grand (Vosges county, France). The programme was packed, as 31 speakers from 10 countries took the floor during these two days following the centenary of the Armistice. But the symposium proceeded fluidly, as it mixed presentations, feedback, a prize giving ceremony and a round table /workshop, not to mention breaks, visits, films and a concert by Angeli Primitivi.
The event was heartily appreciated for the richness of its contents as well as for the quality of the exchanges and the well-thought-out organization : “Local, national, and international focus and context, with lots of food for thought.” “I learnt an enormous amount from the presentations and over coffee and our meals together. “ “interesting and moving” ”Huge thanks to you and all the team for excellent organisation, hospitality and a most enjoyable and interesting, I hope too successful symposium.”
The registration for the symposium on November 12-13th is now open. The programme is online here or can be downloaded here. It has been awarded the European Year of Cultural Heritage label.
Speakers will talk about trees, e.g. Glenn Williams, director of TREENET (Tree and Roadway Experimental and Educational Network), Adelaide (Australia). They have just closed their 19th annual conference. Speakers will talk about avenues, of course: avenues from around the world, present and past avenues. Katharina Dujesiefken is « tree and tree avenues protection » coordinator at BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany). AT the beginning of November, she will organize her 14th annual meeting in Mecklemburg-Western Pomerania, with an opening by Christian Pegel, minister of Energy, infrastructure and digital economy of the Land. Avenues will also be in the focus of the awards ceremony for the French « Avenue Prize » (which was copied by Italy).
Erick Constensou, Head of the Road environment and technical service at the Haute-Garonne county council, winner of the 2016 «Avenue Prize », and Laurent Pierron, chair of Société Française d’Arboriculture, an ISA Associate organization, will tackle issues of road and tree management.
From war to peace
Taking place the day after the Centenary of the Armistice, the symposium will deal with World War I. Paul Gough, professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, has published numerous papers and books about war artists, and he has studied particularly how tree avenues were perceived by soldiers. He himself is a painter, represented in the permanent collection of the Imperial War Museum in London, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and the National War Memorial in New-Zealand.
The issue of remembrance will be dealt with by Jo-anne Morgan, Canterbury university (New-Zealand). She has produced a PhD thesis which is cited in all subsequent work about memorial avenues. Marie-Madeleine Damien, general secretary of Paysages et Sites de mémoire de la Grande Guerre, will also contribue to the topic. Her aim is that the memorial sites and the landscapes of WWI be taken up in the World Heritage list
The landscape and democracy will also be considered, with speakers like Maguelonne Déjeant-Pons, Executive secretary of the European landscape convention, Council of Europe, or Chris Rust, co-chair of STAG – Sheffield Tree Action Groups
Together with Katharina Dujesiefken, Piotr Tyszko-Chmielowiec, director of the « Roads for Nature » programme of the Polish Foundation for Sustainable Development, will show us how tree avenues can contribute to European cohesion.
Passing from war to peace : why not proceed on tree lined roads to get to know other places and other people ? Cultural tourism is the key. Erwin Pfeiffer, Deputy head of Tourism at ADAC, Germany’s No. 1 among the automobile clubs, ranking second worldwide, participates in many important tourism organisations, and chairs a Porsche Club in Munich. He is in a good position to present the longest touristic route comprising tree avenues, the 2900 km long Deutsche Alleenstraße in Germany.
25 speakers on the whole, from 11 countries and 3 continents will nurture knowledge, reflection and projects for tomorrow.
- "I am impressed by the richness of the program and the quality of the speakers at this symposium! I will ensure the widest possible dissemination within the networks in which I participate. (Jean-Pierre THIBAULT, Inspector General, General Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition); - "I would like to express my strongest congratulations for your wonderful work in favor of the tree avenues theme! I wish you a very successful symposium on November 12 - 13, 2018; it addresses a very interesting aspect of this theme and certainly one which remains quite unknown even to specialists! (Enrico Buergi, Honorary President of the Conference of the European Landscape Convention, Council of Europe, former Head of the Landscape Division - Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape - Switzerland).
Allee, allé, aleja, alej, аллея: all these words are the equivalent of the French word "allée" (i.e. avenue) in German (Allee), in Swedish, Norwegian or Danish (allé), in Polish, Slovenian, Latvian or Slovakian (aleja), in Czech (alej) and in Russian (аллея).
These terms are all used to designate a street, a road, a path or a canal lined with trees.
Or jump over to Sweden: you can choose to become a sponsor to the "trädallé" (tree avenue) of the Göta Kanal, a 190 km long canal built in the beginning of the 19th century: https://www.gotakanal.se/sv/tradfadder/