Dozens of 150-Year-Old Oak Trees Have Been Felled to Rebuild the Destroyed Spire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame

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The architects responsible for rebuilding the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris have identified the first 85 ancient oak trees in French public forests that will be used to rebuild the spire of the fire-gutted building.

Experts have felled 59 of the trees at the Villefermoy forest in the Seine-et-Marne region, and a further 26 oaks will be donated by four state-owned forests managed by the National Forestry Office. The massive restoration effort will need 1,000 French oak trees in total.

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