The coastline of Cap Fréhel in the Côtes d’Armor, north of Brittany, will receive a restoration fund of 1 million euros over eight years after winning the landscape prize the Grand Prix National du Paysage.
The Conservatoire du littoral project aims to restore and manage the site, to enable it to comfortably accommodate visitors without endangering them or the landscape. It attracts over a million visitors a year.
On July 28, the jury of the eighth edition of the Grand Prix National du Paysage confirmed the award and celebrated “the long-standing collaboration between [landscape gardener] Alain Freytet and the Conservatoire du Littoral”.
He praised the team for “their low-key, understated work, [which] made it possible to gently reveal a site that was once damaged, and to rediscover a magnificent landscape”.
Already, the visitor car park has been moved away from the site, while a belvedere has replaced the restaurant, in order to bring out the natural splendor of the lighthouse.
The prize is awarded every two years by the Ministry of Ecology, in partnership with local authorities. It is intended to “promote the relevance of the landscape approach in the process of territorial transformation”.
The jury is made up of relevant professionals, elected officials, landscape experts, civil servants and journalists. The jury interviewed the promoters and contracting authorities of the five projects pre-selected for this edition in order to help select the winner.
The site, with its neighbor Cap d’Erquy, also received the Grand Site de France label in 2019.
The project will now go through the representation of France at the Council of Europe Grand Prix in 2023.
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