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Afforestation Saint-Exupéry-les-Roches


Label Bas Carbone Certified project

Project description

Planting adapted to climate change

The project is an afforestation of species adepted to the local context of the Correziens plateaux, comprising a plantation of Common larch, Corsican Pine, Douglas fir and Sycamore maple. Most of the planting will be of native species, and will complement existing woodland areas. The deciduous borders and shrubbery surrounding the plot will be preserved, in order to maintain several layers of vegetation and encourage the maintenance of a homogenous landscape.

Law carbon label
Project location

Saint-Exupéry-les-Roches, Corrèze (19), in the extension of nearby wooded areas

Planted area

2,75 ha planted

Species selected

Common larch, Corsican pine, Douglas fir, Sycamore maple.

Total number of trees to be planted

About 4400 trees

Photos of the borders of the St Exupéry-les-Roches plot
Map of Correze department
Correziens Plateaux

A project to diversify tree species

The project is located in Saint-Exupéry-les-Roches in Corrèze, in the East of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region (formerly the Limousin)

Situated on the Ussel plateau (Plateaux Corréziens), the project is set against a backdrop of marked relief, carved out to the south by rivers. Here, our project is located in the heights of the Diège valley, flowing into the Dordogne. The landscape alternates between farmland and woodland, structured by hedgerows following the contours of the land. This is an area of transition, where mixed forests alternate with hedged farmland.

Our project, with its mixed species (coniferous and deciduous) and framed by existing wooded areas, extends the wooded environments while providing the necessary diversity of species

A cooperative planting project

Contributors to the Project

Auzou With Up2Green reforestation

Auzou With Up2Green reforestation

Editions Auzou, together with Up2Green Reforestation, have contributed 751 tonnes of CO2 to the afforestation project in Saint-Exupéry-les-Roches. These will be verified at the end of the audit carried out 5 years after planting.

Certified project

Low carbon label certification

The Saint-Exupéry-les-Roches project is part of the Label Bas Carbone afforestation method, a certification examined and issued by the French Ministry for Ecological Transition (DREAL).

Sustainable Management Document

Sustainable forest management

The wooded plot will be integrated into an existing sustainable management document, implemented on neighbouring plots: The owner has signed up to a Code of Good Forestry Practice, introduced by the Centre National de la Propriété Forestière (CNPF)

Edge of woodland plot
Operational project

Timetable for completion

  • Start of planting work: Autumn 2023
  • Plantation maintenane: 5 years after planting
  • Audit by third-party auditor: final verification of Carbon Emission Reductions (tonnes CO2)
A project with multiple benefits

Carbon, environmental and socio-economic benefits

Certified carbon
Biodiversity co-benefit
Soil conservation co-benefit
Socio-economic co-benefits
The specifics of the project

An afforestation project for the future of our forests

Diversification of species

The aim of our project is to diversify and mix species (coniferous and deciduous), including a majority of indigenous species. This diversity of species has a number of benefits:

  • favourable for the fauna and flora associated with particular species
  • limits the risk of pathogens spreading
  • diversifies the risks to the stand by "betting" on several species
Conservation of leafy borders

The project is set in a setting of woodland and shrub borders. These different vegetation strata will be preserved:

  • A number of species may be dependant on certain species and low vegetation strata
  • With this gradual layering of vegetation, there will be very little change to the landscape during the tree planting and growth phase
Soil conservation

Soil preparation is carried out using the open-pot technique: the soil is worked only where the future plants will be planted. This technique limits the disturbance to the soil and its richness, and greatly limits the loss of carbon from the soil as it is worked very little. 

A positive impact on society and the economy

The forestry sector encompasses a wide range of occupations that cannot be relocated: forest managers, nurserymen, forestry work companies (loggers and forest operators in the future). The wood processing industry in France also encompasses a wide range of trades right through to the manufacture of the finished product.