As every farmer knows, water is essential for the survival of a crop. In the regions where there is a shortage, irrigation can help to mitigate the effects of the dry periods and provide a certain security vis-à-vis the production.
Rooftop vegetable gardens, communal gardens, use of wastelands… there is an increasing tendency to use small green spaces for food-production in the large cities. Apart from supplying fruits and vegetables produced locally, urban agriculture develops social contact, allows for the recycling of organic waste, reduces the heat island effect and improves local biodiversity.
Chambord was spectacularly transformed in 2017: the château has rediscovered its French-style gardens, restored to their 18th Century splendour. These gardens, which cover an area of six and a half hectares at the foot of the castle’s northern façade, contains more than 600 trees, 800 shrubs, 200 rose bushes, 15,250 border plants and even 18,874 m2 of lawns. This lightning project began in August 2916 and was completed five months later. It has been completely financed by an American philanthropist, Mr. Stephen A. Schwarzman, president and founder of the Blackstone Society. The company SIREV was responsible for the irrigation part of the project.
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