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Dijon, France

A beautiful city twinned with York


Dijon’s Energy Efficient Tramway System

European cities are searching hard for an energy efficient and environmentally sustainable public transport system in order to prepare for a low carbon future.

One success story appears to be the introduction of a tramway system in Dijon. Could there be something we can learn here from York's twin-city? This 12-minute film produced by Christian Vassie shows what is possible.

In the dead of New Year night, eco-activists secretly plant 300 trees and shrubs in Dijon

The group, Plantation Rébellion, says it was better to take up their spades at New Year to bring back nature to the town rather than partying. They combined their “party” money to fund the project, and planted up 5 areas around Dijon to add to the two created earlier this year in March.
Their aim is to increase bio-diversity and fight climate change in the face of what they see as political inaction. Local residents and groups are targeted to care for the trees – and more guerrilla tree-planting is on its way.

The 2024 Olympics in Paris: Dijon will become a training centre for Olympic athletes from around the world from 2021

Dijon’s sports facilities include football and athletic stadiums and a number of clubs from boxing to handball, judo, indoor and outdoor tennis and trampolining alongside Olympic quality swimming and diving pools. Nearby Lake Kir is a base for canoeing, kayaking and beach volley-ball. Some Paralympic sports such as shooting and wheelchair basket-ball can also be accommodated.

Dijon plants a hardy and ancient ginkgo biloba tree in celebration of the principle of secularity in French society which has faced recent challenges across France.

The French principle of secularity dating from 1905 enshrines the separation of Church and State and the right to a religious belief or not and is a pillar of the 1946 French constitution.
In response to recent challenges in France in general to the nation’s secular approach, Dijon has drawn up its own Charter of Secularity which it symbolised in the planting of a dedicated tree. The ancient and imposing ginkgo biloba tree was chosen for its hardiness, resistance to attack (it was the only tree species to survive the Horishima bomb) and longevity.
Partner organisations within the city have signed up to this new charter which also promotes gender equality, the right to freedom of conscience and the equality of all citizens.

Orchards in the city for the residents of Dijon

An urban orchard was planted in Dijon in November in 2020 with 30 fruit trees – pear, apple, cherry, quince and plum. The mayor plans three more of these orchards around the city by the end of 2021.
The fruit will be for anyone to pick and eat with the first harvest anticipated for 2025.