“We had several problems with these gardens”, explains Barbara Couturier, the mayor of Nersac. “The gardeners who used them complained about the regular theft of vegetables. » There were about ten of them growing potatoes, tomatoes and zucchini there. And were tired of having their harvest stolen.
But for the town hall, there was more important: “Some gardens looked like dumps, some huts, made of odds and ends, were unsanitary”continues Pascal Barbier, the environment and living environment assistant who also points out the presence “a dozen illegal wells that had to be filled in”.
40 tons of waste
“When we presented the renovation project, the gardeners were rather opposed and angry”does not hide Barbara Couturier. “It’s normal, it’s never easy to change people’s habits. But Sandrine Jutan, our delegated adviser on the living environment, led a working group with those concerned and the Compagnons du Végétal which helped to ease tensions. » And to reassure everyone, especially on the fruit trees, three quarters of which have been preserved.
This upstream work also made it possible for these hoe lovers to accept losing a year of cultivation since the transformation work began in December. “We offered gardeners to keep their tools while the gardens were unavailable”adds Barbara Couturier, aware that some live in collective housing where it is difficult to store tillers and forks.
The technical services were the first to intervene. “We got it all cleared up”, summarizes Christophe Mioulet, the manager of green spaces. Its teams removed 40 tonnes of waste, including 240 kg of tyres. Among these debris, there was Everite containing asbestos. “It took a month with four agents to clean everything up. »
Water collector and organic sourced cabins
The Compagnons du Végétal took over. Two members of the association first set up the enclosure “with wire mesh large enough to allow flood water to flow freely”says Thomas Daygre who designed the layout for the association. “The land is in a flood zone and we had to comply with the requirements of the flood risk prevention plan. »
A constraint that forced the new cabins to be set up in the only strip of land that is not part of this area. “That is why we have planted them all along the white path”, adds Thomas Daygre. The plots will all be lengthwise, arranged parallel. “There will be fifteen plots of 400 m². »
Now that the fence is almost complete, it remains to build the huts. “They will be 4m² with a roof that will collect rainwater that will be stored in 2000 liter tanks. All materials are biobased », says Thomas Daygre. Their installation should be completed in March, allowing gardeners to get back to work next spring.
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