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Horticultural walls or “murs à pêches”

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the famous horticultural walls of Montreuil supplied several countries in Europe with large quantities of fruit. It is still a unique location today.

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Horticultural walls or “murs à pêches”

Horticultural walls or “murs à pêches”

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the famous horticultural walls of Montreuil supplied several countries in Europe with large quantities of fruit. It is still a unique location today.


In the 18th century, Montreuil was almost entirely covered with agricultural walls, called “murs à pêches” (walls to grow peaches), using a new horticultural technique to train fruit trees to form informally shaped espaliers. The trees were attached to the wall with fabric ties nailed to the structure. In 1907, they covered nearly 300 hectares, a third of the town.

This horticultural practice gave Montreuil its notoriety. This town, then mainly agricultural, produced apples and almonds, but mainly peaches, which were sent to the Court of France, and even the Queen of England and the Russian Tsars.

Unfortunately, the railway built in the 19th century led to the decline of these walls. Today, this heritage is still visible but only in the Saint-Antoine district, the “murs à pêches” district where a festival is organised every summer by the association that promotes this historical heritage threatened by urban development. Every Sunday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, visitors can discover the restored walls that now occupy 38 hectares.


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