La Recyclerie

La Recyclerie, a member of the Acteurs du Paris Durable community, is based in the former Ornano train station on the Petite Ceinture railway line. It is a place for exchanges and holding events on and around the values of sustainable development and ecology. The site has three main activities: a cafe-restaurant, a repair and recycling workshop and an urban farm.

The innovative farm covers an area of 1,000 m2 on the roof of the train station and the embankment of the Petite Ceinture railway line. It is made up of a vegetable garden and herb garden of 400 m2, farmed according to the technology and principles of agroecology. The farm combines research into the complementarity of species, farming on mounds, composting, ecological management of the cultivated area, the fight against soil erosion, maintaining hedges and saving water and optimization of its use.
In the farmyard, the 20 chickens help reduce the amount of waste produced by the restaurant (between 6 and 12 kg per day) and lay more than 4,000 eggs a year, which are given to the public. Once a month the chickens are released into the vegetable garden and help the gardener by getting rid of certain pests (slugs, snails etc.).

The melliferous meadow on the roof is a source of food for insects and domestic bees, in particular those from the neighbouring shared garden. Butterflies also lay their eggs here, placing them underneath the leaves which the caterpillars devour as they grow. On the platform, an aquaponic pool combines fish farming with growing vegetables and herbs. This method allows intensive production using a relatively small amount of water and soil. The plants grow in a neutral substrate material such as pozzolane, and are nourished with the water from the fish farm, which is enriched with their excretions. Activities for learning how to grow plants using this technique are also held.
In the cafe-restaurant, the chef serves sustainable cuisine. The produce is fresh and often local, and the menu includes at least three vegetarian dishes and at least one vegan dish every day.
In the workshop people learn how to repair household appliances and recycle items by giving them a new use.

This associative initiative concurs with the City of Paris's aim of spreading urban farming to wherever possible, including on roofs, walls, on the ground and underground. 40 sites in Paris have been identified for innovative Parisian gardeners to develop greening and urban farming projects. The target is 100 hectares of greened roofs and façades by 2020.
Go along Rue Belliard until the bridge spanning the Petite Ceinture railway line.

By bicycle

For traveling around Paris quickly and without creating any pollution, Vélib' provides the city's residents with shared bicycles available at more than 1,800 stations in Paris and its 30 adjoining municipalities. Since 2001 the number of bicycles used in Paris has tripled, and over 10 years the equivalent of 200 million km (124 million miles) have been 'saved', equating to a fuel cost of around €20M. The City has established a new Plan Vélo 2015-2020 which aims to increase travel using this silent mode of transport. In order to become a cycling capital and triple the number of journeys made by 2020, Paris will build an express network specially for bicycles, will double the amount of bike lanes to reach 1,400 km (870 miles) by 2020 and develop secure parking on the streets and near train stations with 10,000 additional parking spaces.

A shared ecological garden

A staircase leads to the shared garden called "Les Jardins du Ruisseau", located on the platform and steep embankment of the old Petite Ceinture railway line.

The garden is managed by the "Les Amis des Jardins du Ruisseau" association which is a signatory of the Main Verte (Green Fingers) charter and a member of Acteurs du Paris Durable. The site is looked after in an ecologcial way and is the fruit of shared knowledge and work by passionate gardeners. Vegetables, flowers and vines grow alongside a flower meadow. It is also a prime source of food for wild pollen-gathering insects such as butterflies, hoverflies, honeybees and bumblebees as well as domestic bees from the garden's hive. Sustainable establishment of hives is encouraged by the City of Paris as part of its Hives and Pollinators Action Plan. This association is very active, raising awareness about urban ecology among citizens around the garden.

The compost and hen house both serve to reduce the amount of household food waste. For example, vegetable peelings and leftovers are used to feed the hens which lay good eggs. In the compost bin, food waste produces fertilizer for spreading at the base of plants, especially vegetables. Collective composting is encouraged by the City as part of its zero waste strategy. With the ingenious rainwater collection system in the garden, emphasis is placed on the sustainable management of water. Developing the habit of recovering and saving water is a way of acting in anticipation of climate change. During the day, musical, cultural and artistic events are regularly organized in the garden, strengthening local intergenerational and intercultural connections.

In this ecological garden, the presence of humans is in harmony with the spontaneous untamed wildlife in the adjoining section of the Petite Ceinture railway line. In this important ecological corridor, wild animals, especially mammals such as foxes, stone martins, hedgehogs and bats, travel from one nature spot to another. Mobility is essential for the survival and development of wild plants and animals, which are monitored by the City of Paris Biodiversity Action Plan through the strengthening of links between pools of nature. Within the framework of the City of Paris Nature Paths - which diagnoses the capital's green and blue networks - tens of kilometres of linear infrastructures have therefore been explored. 40 km or so (around 25 miles) now make up the most biodiversity-friendly corridors. The different plant strata are well represented, encouraging the development and movement of species, whether by land or air.
Continue along Rue du Ruisseau and then take Impasse Villa des Tulipes on the left.

Gems of greenery

Impasse Villa des Tulipes is bordered with charming little houses shrouded in dense plantlife composed of clematis, butterfly bushes, honeysuckle, ivy, roses, irises and a magnificent 100-year-old wisteria whose trunk has wrapped itself around the railings of a small courtyard.

The local residents decorate their doorways and pavements with plants. These micro-spaces of greenery constitute additional green links for the development and movement of wildlife. The city encourages the creation of these spots through the Planting Permit. Return via Impasse Alexandre-Lecuyer.

On the tracks

Porte de Clignancourt is being transformed by the extension of the T3 tram line from Porte de la Chapelle to Porte d'Asnières. The opening, scheduled for the end of 2018, will make the neighbourhood more accessible by strengthening connections between Paris and the adjoining municipalities and facilitating movement between suburbs.There will be76,000 extra passengers to the 300,000 people currently using the line daily.

Tram lines constitute a regular, comfortable and quiet form of public transport. They provide an alternative to the use of individual cars and reduce local air and sound pollution. Since the opening of the T3 tram line in 2006, the amount of vehicle traffic on the Maréchaux Boulevards has been reduced by 50%, and sound measurements show a reduction in the level of noise of 1 to 5 dB(A)day and night. This improvement in environmental noise, something which is monitored by the Prevention of Environmental Noise Action Plan, helps make living conditions more peaceful for Parisians.
Once finished, trees and lawn will be planted along the tram line, covering an area of 15,000m2 and improving the appearance of the Maréchaux Boulevards. This development is one of the conditions of the recent City of Paris Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change, annexed to the Climate and Energy Action Plan.
Return to Rue du Ruisseau

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