Sustainable development

The Château du Clos Lucé wants to remain faithful to the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci, whose work and its results found their inspiration in Nature. Here at Le Clos Lucé, we are anxious to respect the environment, and subscribes to a sustainable development project.

The Clos Lucé - Leonardo da Vinci's garden

Leonardo’s garden: a sustainable development project

Leonardo’s Garden offers the chance to explore nature as Leonardo observed, loved and portrayed it. This nature moved him to say “It’s all here”. This garden, a real open-air museum, is conceived and created as a sustainable development project, centred on the preservation of the site’s flora and fauna. It innovatively combines a cultural project and environmental balance.

To enhance the standing of the biotope and the ecosystem, the site has incorporated a network for collecting the rainwater that feeds the marsh, managed nesting zones for migratory birds, non-treated woodland for joinery works, low-pressure lights for night-time illumination, and so on. This ecological footprint means that visitors can calmly reacquaint themselves with the need for harmony and the contemplative pleasure of Leonardo the artist and scientist.

The Clos Lucé - Sustainable development - Reforestation of the Sahel

The Château du Clos Lucé is committed to the reforestation of the Sahel

To echo Leonardo’s passion for Nature and as part of the long-term creation of Leonardo’s Garden, Le Clos Lucé and its young visitors are involved in a project of co-development and sustainable development, paying part of each child’s entry fee to the NGO “SOS SAHEL”. The objective is to finance a program of reforestation in the Sahel, the vast arid region that borders the south of the Sahara. Le Clos Lucé thus intends to make each of its visitors aware of the need to protect the environment and, more specifically, of the questions of desertification and reforestation.

By visiting the last house of Leonardo da Vinci, you participate to this ambitious project for the planet.

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