Let’s plant 20,000 trees!

Greening for a more peaceful city

Objective 20,000 trees!

To achieve the City’s goal of planting 20,000 trees by 2026, different kinds of plantations have been carried out on the territory: forest seedlings, large trees, fruit trees, urban micro-forests, etc. The format is determined according to the urban and landscape context in which the tree will evolve: street, boulevard, square, natural space, park or listed garden, road support, school, etc.

And the 2021-2022 planting season was particularly prolific!

  • More 17,000 trees planted this season
  • 6 schools involved
  • 5 new micro-forests (Rues Gutenberg, rue du Bazinghien, Jardin des Coccinelles, motorway junction A1/A25, chemin de Bargues)
  • 162 trees affected by the storms
  • 406 hours of mobilization agents following strong sales
  • 110,000 bulbs planted in the fall to bloom this spring

Planting to adapt to climate change

Climate change causes spring and summer droughts, heat waves, violent storms and storms, winters with moderate temperatures…

What adaptations are put in place to deal with these disturbances?

  • The choice of species is made according to their heat resistance.
  • Water supply is optimized : mulching at the foot of plantations to nourish the soil, keep the earth cool and limit “weeds”, use of crystals to retain soil water to better distribute it.
  • Soil quality is improved for better rooting and better growth : green manures, plantations in wide and deep pits or even use of mushrooms in symbiosis with the roots.
  • The various plantations and the debitumization of the soil thus make it possible to fight against urban heat islands

The City and the people of Lille take action

The daily involvement of multiple municipal players and City partners is essential to achieving our objectives.

Revegetation of the streets of Lille

Many projects have started for a low-carbon, more sustainable and peaceful city:

  • Rue Pierre Mauroy: Between the rue des Ponts de Comines and the rue du Molinel, the first two stages of the project have made it possible, since 2019, to plant 18 trees. 35 more will be planted in the final stage. The forecourt of the Saint-Maurice church will be widened and planted to reveal the facade. Between rue du Molinel and avenue du President Kennedy, the widened sidewalks include strips planted with trees. This layout allows rainwater to infiltrate the ground and create shade to limit the heat. Place Simon Vollant and the forecourt of the town hall will also be planted. Learn more about the project.
  • Place Madeleine Caulier: Place Caulier is a very mineral place where anarchic parking is dominant today. The city of Lille is committed in the municipal program to redevelop it into a green place, thanks in particular to plants and trees. Learn more about the project.
  • Rue Solferino: The longest street in Lille (2.1 km) will be transformed. On the program: strengthen the role of plants and limit the effect of heat islands. Over the entire street (excluding squares), 2,300 m2 of surface will be newly planted, and made up of 185 new trees and beds, allowing the development of approximately 10,000 m2 of canopy. Learn more.
  • Boulevard Carnot : always with the aim of giving the urban axes a strong vegetal and landscape character, to fight against the phenomenon of heat islands: 1,500 m² will be demineralized and 58 trees will be planted in total. Learn more.
  • Rue du Molinel:After consulting the inhabitants and presenting the first outlines of the project, the City presented the stages of the project and the work schedule which will be completed in the summer of 2024. 2300m² of soil will thus be made permeable to rainwater and more than 150 trees will be planted to fight against heat islands. Learn more.
  • Avenue of the Belgian People: The City of Lille plans to transform the Avenue du Peuple Belge to meet the challenges of ecological transition, the development of soft mobility and a renewed living environment. After a major consultation in May 2022, the inhabitants of Lille, Lomme and Hellemmes chose scenario n°1, favoring plants and the diversity of uses. Learn more.

Greener schools

The City of Lille is pursuing an ambitious policy to further strengthen its action to fight, on its own scale, against climate change and adapt to its impacts on the territory. Through in particular:

  • Lille public school yards now vegetated

Since the summer of 2021, all 79 public schools in Lille now have green courses. Many trees, shrubs and perennials have been planted and students can now enjoy new green spaces in the heart of the schools. This revegetation program is designed with the children and the educational community with the support, since 2018, of the association Récréations Urbaines which, within the framework of participatory workshops, leads the reflection on schoolyards to the tune of child, thoughts according to their new uses.

  • Soil debitumization to promote cool islands

After 3 first schools in 2021 – Sophie Germain, Chateaubriand and Madame de Maintenon – the City of Lille is continuing its work this year for fresher school courses by investing in 3 new schools for a total amount of 1.2 million euros. : the Desbordes-Valmore, Descartes-Montesquieu and Brasseur schools (on the Lakanal site).

See the report carried out on 100% vegetated schoolyards.

  • Ariane Capon School. Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Brewer School. Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Lacore kindergarten. Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Lakanal School. Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Berthelot School. Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Diderot school. Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Leon Frappie School. Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Chateaubriand kindergarten. Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Madame de Maintenon School. Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Sophie Germain School. Credit: Thomas Lo Presti.

  • Jean Aicard School. Credit: Thomas Lo Presti.

  • Delbordes Valmore School. Credit: Thomas Lo Presti.

Learn more.

Lille labeled “Floral City”

After receiving 2 flowers in 2019, with the “Villes et Villages Fleuris, quality living environment” label, Lille is mobilizing on a daily basis to make the city the heart of the well-being of Hauts-de-France.

This label is an opportunity to promote different objectives and projects of the community and in particular:

  • Recognition of the work carried out by the services that have been managing public space and nature for many years,
  • Highlighting the participatory actions carried out with the inhabitants,
  • The reconstruction of the horticultural production center in 2017/2018 within the Jardin des Plantes, as well as the project to revitalize the Jardin des Plantes which has just been initiated,
  • The ephemeral installations deployed on the Grand-Place and the Place du Théâtre,
  • Ecological management of the Citadel Park,
  • The transformation of public space initiated a few years ago in favor of revegetation, (Solferino, Boulevard Carnot, Moulinel Street, Fives Cail)
  • The rich one entertainment programming nature of the city
  • Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Credit: Julien Sylvestre.

  • Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Credit: Guilhem Fouques.

  • Credit: Thomas Lo Presti.

  • Credit: Thomas Lo Presti.

  • Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Credit: Guilhem Fouques.

  • Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

Bloom your street!

The creation of a planting pit at the foot of your facade in which you will install your climbing plants, shrubs, or flowers can be taken care of.

Gardening containers are also available to residents’ collectives and associations in the public space (you can also ask to join an existing collective). Carrots, radishes, chives and gooseberries are yours!

  • Deer Street. Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Roland Street. Credit: Julien Sylvestre.

  • At Fives. Credit: Julien Sylvestre.

  • Rue Stappaert. Credit: Julien Sylvestre.

  • Rue Stappaert. Credit: Julien Sylvestre.

  • Caventou Street. Credit: Julien Sylvestre.

Learn more.

Plant a tree near you!

Oscar Lambret interchange
Saturday, November 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Access to rue Jean-Charles Borda

Come with your boots and your good mood! 500 trees will be planted on this site for this season. Free entry, without registration.

Learn more about the event.

Hill of the A1 and A25 motorway interchange, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December

6000 trees will be planted on this site (Access will be on avenue Denis Cordonnier): on this occasion, the motorway ramp will be closed to traffic.

Back in pictures on the citizen plantations of previous seasons:

  • Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Credit: Thomas Lo Presti.

  • Credit: Thomas Lo Presti.

  • Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

  • Credit: Daniel Rapaich.

Find out more about nature in Lille.

Let’s plant 20,000 trees!