Trees for Notre Dame – level 3

17-03-2021 15:00

Ancient French oaks have been felled after they had been selected to reconstruct the fallen spire of Notre Dame in Paris, France.

A nationwide hunt for the right timber began after it was decided that the spire would need to be rebuilt exactly as it was before it was destroyed in an April 2019 blaze. The trees needed to have trunks at least one meter wide and 18 meters long. Around 1,000 oaks from more than 200 French forests have been selected; however, the timber harvesting must be completed by the end of March which will prevent tree sap and moisture from entering the wood fibers. The oaks will then be left to dry for up to 18 months.

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, promised to rebuild the cathedral by 2024; however, it has been considered an unlikely timeline.

Difficult words: felled (cut down), timber (wood that is used for building houses and making furniture), sap (the fluid part of a tree or plant).

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