Miremer fig tree conservatory

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The Miremer hill culminates at 402 meters above sea level, halfway between Garde-Freinet and Grimaud. At the top, on a vast plateau, stands the chapel of Notre-Dame de Miremer, overlooking the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.

This strategic position and the proximity of good terroirs at the foot of the hill made it a suitable place for the establishment of a habitat in the Middle Ages. There are indeed the remains of a village, located on the southern slope of the hill. At the top, other walls delimit the plateau, where the castle was to be located.

After the fires of summer 2003, which devastated a large part of the Maures forest, the municipality of La Garde-Freinet and the Conservatoire du Patrimoine undertook a heritage enhancement project on the Miremer hill.

The works first concerned the consolidation of a few collapsed walls on the plateau. Then, quickly, the restoration project of all the terraced gardens, hitherto buried under the maquis, took shape. The objective was to preserve these elements of the landscape of the Moors, witnesses of the links between man and the natural environment.

To give a real dimension to the restored terraces, they had to be planted. Asked, the National Botanical Conservatory of Porquerolles proposed to install a collection of rare fig trees, endangered. In 3 years more than 100 trees have been planted. Today, 46 varieties are protected at the Miremer Conservatory of fig trees


Member association in charge of the organization

Conservatoire du Patrimoine de Freinet

Chapelle Saint-Jean
83680 La Garde-Freinet

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Location : 83680 La Garde-Freinet / Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur / France