canal st martin x      

Paris is a densely built up city but remarkably green, thanks to the trees lining its boulevards and quaysides.  I’ve been discovering some interesting facts and figures about Paris street trees and also exploring their part in the city’s turbulent history.

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Place de Vosges shadows      moncçeau plane

training trees      

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Trees in parks and gardens generally have a quieter life than those on the street and some reach a great age.  Many of the city’s green spaces owe their distinctive character to trees, whether growing in formal, clipped allées or as eccentric individual specimens.  Here are some contrasting examples.