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A giant in the fragile foot

Experience Alexandra - Responsable Communication By Alexandra - Responsable Communication, the 20 October 2017

Let us speak about a symbolic tree of the swamp today. He is very large-sized, hurt. You recognize him?
The poplar of course, but not any, the white of Poitou.
This tree likes wet grounds; then here, in the swamp, he is served! Know that he consumes approximately 200 liters of water a day. This absorbed water will allow to stabilize the ground, to clean up lands and to increase the cultures. But, the vast roots of this tree are not very anchored in the ground and during the storm of 1999, due to his size and its sensibility in the wind, many did not resist.
It is a tree with fast growth which reproduces very well by natural cloning and we can cut at the end of 25 years. The plots of land on whom poplars are planted are accessible only by water. To transport him, we realize “wooden trains”, as you can see on this photo.
It is an easy-to-work wood. The wood industry, very represented here, uses him a lot. In our swamp, we used it to realize hampers at first for the transport of fishes, then vegetables and some butter what is always the case today with the company Martin to Augé.
But, did you also know that the poplar could be eatable? The bark is edible … in decoction. She would have the same virtues as the aspirin. But, a lot of other uses can be made: the sugar, for example.
How could we use him? Soon the continuation of this episode ... In the meantime, go to take a walk to Domus populus, to Maillezais, every close friend of the church: a site in the swamp completely dedicated to the poplar. You will meet inexhaustible enthusiasts on the subject there! Their project: restore life in poplars. Not to miss the visit upstairs. A real center of interpretation of the poplar where the poplar will be told you.



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