In the centuries-old forests of France, the roots of a deep wood-centered culture are identified.
For many years, the choice of raw materials in full compliance with the strict French legislation on ecological use and renewal of forest resources. In France, the first protection laws date from the twelfth century, when wood was a vital material for housing, defense and shipping. In the enchanting forest of Citeaux, in the heart of Burgundy, the vast oak lands owe their existence to the first Cistercian monks. Since the reign of Louis XIV, with the establishment of a relevant land registry, France’s vast forest heritage is monitored, protected and renewed.
The life cycle of trees in this forest is about 160 years. Each tree is recorded, numbered and controlled to ensure a gradual increase in forest resources. In this way it is possible to cut the aged trees every year, which releases the necessary space for the further development of the smaller trees and the planting of new seedlings. Thanks to this prudent management, French forests have recorded a unique record: over the past 100 years, their land has doubled in size and the volume of raw materials has tripled.
France’s forests are the only ones in Europe that have an advanced management forest system, French oak are the best in Europe.