An exceptional setting
The grounds of the International Campus extend over some 34 hectares, making this one of the largest parks in Paris in terms of area and architectural heritage. It has some hundred different species of trees, some of which put their distinctive mark on the landscape, like the tulip tree, the Caucasian walnut or the giant sequoia. No flowers have been planted, because they would inevitably be damaged by the many athletes, families and visitors, who roam the park throughout the year. The space is managed on a differentiated basis: the least visible areas are not maintained in the same way as the courtyard of the Maison Internationale and the areas highly visible to the public.
The park is managed by the National Foundation, International University Campus in Paris. It is cared for by a team of 15 persons, of whom 13 are gardeners.
The park in the era of sustainable development
For some years now, the International Campus had been managed on sustainable development principles. As regards the park, this has entailed the opening of a number of work sites. Several areas have been refurbished, especially by planting trees; some fifteen trees were planted in 2008. Herbicides are not used and weeding is done by steam or by hand. Informative labels have been attached to a hundred or so trees. In partnership with the Paris bee-keeping association, Abeille Parisienne, 5 hives will be installed near the Maison de l’Argentine in spring 2010. With an urban ecology laboratory, the International Campus is now going to set up micro experiments on floral habitats, soil status and water management, with the objective of increasing the ecological potential of the site.
In 2009 the International Campus and the National Museum of Natural History began a joint project to undertake an inventory of its wild flora. The report on the ecology of the park thus obtained will determine the methods used to maintain the park. Each area will be maintained in accordance with the character of its landscape and its purpose.