Help plant rural trees in the French countryside with the Fonds pour l’Arbre tree fund at Maisons du Monde shops

The Maisons du Monde Foundation, along with other benefactors, is involved in the initiative spearheaded by Afac-Agroforesteries to create the Fonds pour l'Arbre tree fund. The aim is to support local actions to preserve rural trees and hedgerows across the whole of France. A solid commitment to local biodiversity, which you can currently support at Maisons du Monde though the scheme for donating roundups at the checkout, ARRONDI en caisse!

In hedged farmland, on field borders, rural trees and hedgerows serve as formidable wildlife corridors, acting as natural barriers to soil erosion and places of refuge for birds, insects and small mammals. Despite being true allies in the fight against climate change, 70% of hedgerows have disappeared under the pressure of intensive farming in France since 1950. Even now, we are losing 11,500 km of hedgerow every year!

But why a tree fund ?

Afac-Agroforesteries created the Fonds pour l’Arbre tree fund to reverse this trend by helping to plant rural trees and hedgerows. The fund will do this by collecting donations from benefactors like the Maisons du Monde Foundation, and then redistributing these funds to qualified field operators throughout France to plant hundreds of thousands of trees every year. Farmers, local authorities, nursery owners, researchers and others are all joining forces to get rural trees planted — they really are an ally for the future of our land and biodiversity! 

Funds raised through the ARRONDI scheme will :

  • Contribute to creating the “Fonds pour l’Arbre” tree fund, whose aim is to restore the French countryside’s hedgerows
  • Support those on the ground to plant trees and hedgerows across France through the fund’s contributions

To find out more about the project, visit the Afac-Agroforesteries website!