The protection and enhancement of the landscapes of the Montagne de Reims constitute the basis for which elected officials and residents have wished to commit together since 1976: it is also the key element of the Park Charter, but also the thread red which connects all its commitments. Thus, alongside communities, the Department, the Region and local stakeholders, its objective remains unchanging: to make all the landscapes we cross (whether they are remarkable or simply part of our daily lives) a unifying issue for everyone. of us. Let's take an overview of its main fields of action!

The landscape plan

The Landscape Plan is the first landscape study on the scale of 65 municipalities of the Montagne de Reims Regional Natural Park. It was born from a common and shared vision for the future of the territory. Its goal ? Establish the action program of the next decade, which will participate in:

  • Promote the diversity of the landscapes of the Montagne de Reims;
  • Safeguard their exceptional characteristics;
  • Improve the living environment and the quality of everyday landscapes.

To formalize it, we spoke with elected officials, EPCIs, the Department, the Region, our partners and the inhabitants of the area. During this constructive consultation, we chose together common issues to address. From these issues emerged 5 strategic axes, which will be implemented within the framework of our Charter by 2039. What are they? We tell you everything below!

Axis 1: the RD951, the Allée of the Montagne de Reims Regional Natural Park

Guillaume Bonnel

La requalification of the surroundings of the RD951 is one of the main issues identified during the consultation. This poor quality road route is experienced as a landscape break. However, it is a route rich in discoveries: it crosses exceptional landscapes within the Park (plain, forest plateau), while connecting its two emblematic gateway towns (Reims and Épernay) and sites listed as World Heritage of UNESCO (the St-Nicaise hill, the historic hillsides and Avenue de Champagne). It is therefore necessary to develop its surroundings to provide quality and functionality which will arouse the desire of users to explore the rest of the territory...

Axis 2: the Bubble Line

The Ligne des Bulles is a soft mobility axis which crosses the territory of the Park, serving the stations of Rilly-la-Montagne, Germaine, Avenay-Val-d'Or and Aÿ. These villages are privileged gateways to the landscaped, natural and architectural heritage of the Montagne de Reims. The Landscape Plan therefore aims to organize the future of these four strategic station hubs, by establishing a strong landscape framework which will reconnect them to the center of the villages.

Cyrille Beudot

Axis 3: the Extended Edge 

Alexandra Pinelle

The remarkable landscape of the forest edge highlights the summit of the Montagne de Reims. As part of the Landscape Plan, we we support project leaders who wish to create new viewpoints, constructions or public facilities. In this way, we ensure that these future developments integrate as best as possible into the landscape, while ensuring that the biodiversity of this fragile and exceptional environment is protected.

Axis 4: connecting the bottom and the top of the Mountain

The objective of this axis is to allow users to more easily connect the bottom and the top of the territory, by connecting the green corridor (located along the Vesle) to the Montagne de Reims. This project of connection of trails and soft connections will constitute a coherent network of soft transport routes with gateway cities. This will strengthen the quality of the landscapes and improve the reception of walkers, while preserving the biodiversity of the sites crossed.

Axis 5: the Tardenois 

The RD980 between Dormans and Reims winds through the hilly heart of the Tardenois. It is the gateway to the area for people arriving from the A4 motorway. The Landscape Plan aims to reveal the qualities and richness of these landscapes in the eyes of residents or tourists. How ? By promoting natural, landscape and architectural heritage around the roads serving the villages located on either side of the RD 980. Among other things, this will encourage the discovery of Romanesque churches, military cemeteries, chapels, hiking and cycling trails, etc.

Landscape Photographic Observatory

The Landscape Photographic Observatory is an initiative initiated by the Ministry of the Environment. It consists of setting up, in a territory, a system of photographic monitoring landscapes. 

Thus, through photos taken with the same framing at regular intervals, the aim of this Observatory is toobjectively analyze the evolution of landscapes : changes in agricultural land, forests, natural environments, or even changes in the perception of villages and the artificialization of land.

This type of support therefore makes it possible to factually study the impact of developments on landscapes. These photos are the basis for discussions with local elected officials for future projects they wish to implement: by sharing best practices with them, the Park promotes harmonious integration of these constructions into the landscape. Furthermore, these photos are available to users of the Montagne de Reims who wish to question the repercussions of their projects on their landscape.

The photos from the landscape photographic observatory were taken by Guillaume Bonnel for the 2012 and 2021 edition and Patrice Le Bris in 2016. You can discover and analyze the photos from 2012 and 2021, on the photographer's website by clicking here.

Mastery of display

The territory of the Park is a living territory: the economic activity carried out there is accompanied by brand or advertising projects. For preserve and enhance the quality of emblematic landscapes of the Montagne de Reims, the display systems must be monitored and managed so that they integrate as best as possible.

Of course, the Park does not seek to go against the development of the local economy! Its only ambition is toavoid the proliferation of devices which harm the landscapes, as well as the effectiveness of the advertiser's message.

In order to supervise projects relating to advertising, signs and pre-signs, the Park relies on the Environmental Code. This also allows it to provide monitoring and advice to communities, associations and private project leaders:

  • Assistance in assembling files requesting prior authorization for installation of signs and pre-signs;
  • Support for the installation of local information signage or service information relay;
  • Provision of a guide on the display.

Thanks to this better understanding of the legislation in force and the adaptation of projects to our landscapes, our living environment is preserved!

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