The place – Le Mas Cabane is a rural old farm house in the Cevennes in southern France. This project consists of various phases including forest and meadow regeneration and flora beds experimenting with a palette of Cevennole natives and drought tolerant plants.
The Brief – At its heart this is a re-wildling project looking at how this protected 100 acres sitting within forestry reserve and an island of meadows and forests protected from intensive farming can become a safe haven for the large varieties of local bees and other insects.
The Design – Happily for us at TLS this is a slow project which allows us to take time to make interventions and to understand how nature responds. The overriding driving force for the next three years is looking how to extend nectar pollen throughout the harsh dry summers and to see how the invasive maritime pine which has taken over much of the hillsides can be reduced allowing the predominantly oak forests to be regenerated.