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    Planting of the first tree offered by the City of Geneva at the La Chaux-de-Fonds station square | City of Geneva

    A pedunculate oak – Quercus robur – with a height of more than 4 meters was planted in the station square, in La Chaux-de-Fonds. This place was chosen to root the first of 400 trees financed by the City of Geneva because he was particularly affected by the storm and because the station makes it possible to symbolically mark the numerous links that unite the two French-speaking towns.

    Tree planting ceremony

    The tree planting ceremony was held this Monday, April 15 at 11:30 a.m. in the presence of two members of the Administrative Council of the City of Geneva: Mr. Alfonso GomezMayor of the City of Geneva, in charge of the Department of Finance, Environment and Housing and Ms Christina KitsosVice-President of the Administrative Council, in charge of the Department of Social Cohesion and Solidarity, as well as the Municipal council in corpore of the City of La Chaux-de-Fonds.

    In perspective participatoryseveral dozenchildren contributed to the re-arborization process by planting small trees in the square, accompanied by the Public Spaces Department.

    The Geneva delegation was also received earlier in the morning by the Chaux-de-Fonier Municipal Council for an exchange and a visit to the International Watchmaking Museum.

    Numerous links between Geneva and Chaux-de-Fonds

    This event, a strong sign of solidarity which reigns between Swiss cities, is an opportunity to highlight the many links that unite Geneva and La Chaux-de-Fonds.

    A common heritage

    Both are cities strongly marked bywatchmaking and by thearchitecture. Members of the Association of Le Corbusier sites, they notably have a common heritage, that of the young Charles-Édouard Jeanneret who created several buildings in La Chaux-de-Fonds between 1907 and 1917, before becoming Le Corbusier. Watchmaking and architecture also link the two cities through UNESCO’s recognition of the universal value of their heritage.

    Spirit of mutual assistance

    A state ofspirit of mutual assistance is also at the center of relations between the two cities.

    In February 1985while more than 50 centimeters of snow had covered Geneva, the La Chaux-de-Fonds Roads Department had made equipment and personnel available to clear the Geneva roads.

    From the first days after the storm July 24the Geneva Fire and Rescue Service was in La Chaux-de-Fonds with around twenty employees to help secure the public space.

    Noting the numerous damages caused to the trees, the Geneva Administrative Council then requested a credit of CHF 600,000.- from the City’s parliament for exceptional support to enable the replanting of 400 of the 1,500 trees felled in the area. audience. The credit was accepted unanimously and the symbolic planting of the first tree marks the start of a re-arborization campaign which will extend over several years and in different places in the city. A plaque marking this support was also installed at the foot of the tree.

    More nature in the city

    In the station square, the Geneva oak will soon be surrounded by a ring of trees according to the principle of Miyawaki micro-forest: a dense planting of shrubby plants and young trees intended to quickly become self-sufficient.

    It is in this state of mind that many dozens of plants were rooted by the children of the Cap Martin school.

    The development of this ecosystem will enrich the place with precious biodiversity, thus strengthening the ecological network of the city. This approach is part of the desire dear to both cities to bring more nature in urban space.

    The Municipal Council of the City of La Chaux-de-Fonds would like to express its deep recognition and sincere thanks to its Geneva counterparts as well as to the population of the City of Geneva for this generous gesture which further strengthens ties between the two communities.


    • Jean-Daniel JeanneretPresident of the Municipal Council of La Chaux-de-Fonds, at +41787035908
    • Alfonso GomezMayor of the City of Geneva, in charge of the Department of Finance, Environment and Housing throughAnna VaucherPersonal collaborator, at +41787609797

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