Landscape planning and public health: working together for a brighter future

Landscape planning and public health

Green spaces, parks, urban walks – all of these are important parts of a healthy, happy life in our big cities. But behind France’s beautiful public gardens and forests lies an uncomfortable reality: the use of pesticides, nearly all of which are extremely harmful. Despite recent French legislation aimed at reducing the use of pesticides, finding a balance between urban greenery and public health still proves complicated. Pascal Goubier, Assistant Manager of Lyon’s Public Parks and Gardens and Hortis expert, explains why. Continue reading…

Innovation in urban gardens. The example of Detroit.

Innovation et jardin urbain : Détroit montre l’exemple !

As we explained in an earlier blog page, climate change is going to make green town planning obligatory. But the development of nature downtown is not just a matter of urban planning. Urban agriculture has many other benefits. The proof? To save their city which had been declining for several decades, the inhabitants of Detroit chose to innovate with urban gardens. A beautiful – and fruitful – initiative! Continue reading…

French organization for ornamental horticulture and landscape VAL’HOR gets involved in Paysalia

VAL'HOR et ses entreprises du paysage s'investissent sur Paysalia

VAL’HOR has been bringing major players in the horticultural sector together since 2005, and today comprises 53,000 companies. Its goal? To develop markets and support businesses with a common vision: that plants are essential to life. According to Benoît Ganem, VAL’HOR’s President, there’s no better proof of this belief than being a Paysalia partner. Continue reading…

Sport field maintenance: all-natural vs. synthetic grass

Entretien de gazon de terrain de sport : pelouse naturelle vs synthétique

Today, 98% of France’s local government authorities are directly responsible for maintaining their region’s publicly-owned sports facilities, including outdoor pitches and playing fields. As a result, many are wondering whether city councils should be opting for all-natural or synthetic grass. With the help of Eurofield’s Director General, Gilles Thillaye, we take a closer look at the pros and cons of both artificial turf and real grass, from upkeep and cost to environmental impact, ahead of Paysalia’s 2017 annual conference. Continue reading…