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Crédit Agricole – More than ever alongside regional heritage

Crédit Agricole – Pays de France Foundation

Support for heritage throughout France thanks to Crédit Agricole’s local roots

Whether architectural, cultural or natural, heritage plays a fundamental role in the revitalization of territories. Since its creation in 1979, the Fondation du Crédit Agricole – Pays de France has granted more than 42 million euros to the upgrading of regional sites. Each action is carried out simultaneously with the Crédit Agricole Regional Banks, attached to the economic and cultural vitality of their region.

The 2020 edition of European Heritage Days (EJP) takes place in a complex context. Containment, physical distancing and health rules have severely impacted the activity of heritage sites. The commitment of patrons such as Crédit Agricole is therefore vital to perpetuate and preserve regional gems. The theme “Heritage and Education” chosen this year is an opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover places of transmission, professions, educational initiatives, know-how, and in doing so, to realize how important it is to take care of the heritage that surrounds them.

6 remarkable EHD sites supported by Crédit Agricole in 2019

Six French departments, six places to discover, six Crédit Agricole Regional Banks engaged in a heritage enhancement project alongside the Fondation du Crédit Agricole – Pays de France.

Museum in Aigues-Mortes

In the Occitanie region, Museographic space in Aigues-Mortes (Gard) was thus able to equip its scenography with a model with wall projection, retracing the architectural history of the city of Aigues-Mortes since its foundation.

© Center for National Monuments
© Center for National Monuments

Bressane du Sougey farm

In the department of Ain, the Bressane du Sougey farm, a local institution, has started a vast catering business since 2003 thanks to 350 volunteers. The adventure continues thanks to the Solidarity Foundation by Crédit Agricole Center-Est and the Crédit-Agricole – Pays de France Foundation.

© The Friends of Sougey and Bresse
© Friends of Sougey and Bresse

Connected gardens from the Vavilov project

Some initiatives are cross-regional. This is the case of connected gardens from the Vavilov project, an international scientific cooperation under French aegis, acting for the preservation of local cultivated biodiversity. Connected gardens are open to the general public, in order to discover and raise awareness of forgotten varieties of fruit and vegetables. Crédit Agricole notably supported the Vavilov garden in Neuville-sous-Montreuil (Pas-de-Calais) as well as the creation of an agronomic experimentation station at Charly in the Rhône.

    © De Natura
© De Natura

Exotic Garden of the Villa du Val Rahmeh

Another place of natural heritage: the exotic garden of the Villa du Val Rahmeh in Menton. Extensive restoration, supported by Crédit Agricole Provence Côte d’Azur, the Credit Agricole – Pays de France Foundation and Crédit Agricole SA, transformed the Villa into a general public center for interpretation and awareness of the preservation of the planet.

© National Museum of Natural History
© National Museum of Natural History

Citadel Saint-Nicolas in Marseille

Still in the PACA region, this time in the Bouches-du-Rhône, the citadel of Saint-Nicolas in Marseille built under Louis XIV placed its restoration in the hands of the Acta Vista association. Since 2003, the operation has been carried out in the form of integration projects, by recruiting people excluded from employment. Crédit Agricole Alpes Provence and the Crédit Agricole – Pays de France Foundation are supporting the restoration of the corner chain of the bastion de l’Isle and its rampart.

    © Association Acta Vista
© Association Acta Vista

Museum 3.0 of the city of Angoulême

Sixth remarkable site: the 3.0 museum of the city of Angoulême, in Charente. The Crédit Agricole – Pays de France Foundation has joined forces with the Agir en Charente Périgord Foundation to finalize the design of an application. This accompanies the public’s visit route by enriching it with exclusive content, archive photos and documentary videos.

© Angoulême Museum
© Angoulême Museum

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