While the spring season ends in a few days at Disneyland® Paris, it is the same for our series of articles devoted to the environmental and horticultural aspect of the tourist destination. But if the company has implemented many initiatives to promote bio diversity or reduce its ecological footprint on the site, it is also important to her to inspire and educate its visitors or employees on these fundamental issues.
Informing children and reconnecting future generations with nature
Children are increasingly less connected to nature and the natural world, yet the future of this world is in their hands. It is therefore vital that they reconnect with nature. As a key player in the tourism sector in the region, Disneyland Paris plays a crucial role in relation to the local community. The resort makes use of its iconic brand to help raise the awareness of the local community, both young and old, regarding the protection of the environment. Disneyland Paris has therefore committed to a range of awareness-raising and information initiatives targeting children, notably through its Corporate Citizenship department. Since September 2014, in response to a request from the Chessy town council, Disney VoluntEARS, along with members of the Nature and Environment team have visited three local primary schools as part of their extra-curricular programme of activities. Five workshops were organised for primary school children aged 7 to 10 years old on the themes of bees and pollination, biodiversity, the garden and trees. Disneyland Paris’ involvement in these activities is a sign of its commitment to the local community and to working not only to protect the environment but also to inspire future generations.
Encouraging Cast Members to take action
For the second year running, the Cast Memberland department, which organises events and activities for Disneyland® Paris Cast Members, has renewed its “Garden Plots” project, run in collaboration with the Nature and Environment team. This initiative allows fifteen teams of resort Cast Members from different departments to tend to a 4m² plot of land located backstage for a one year period, assisted by Disneyland Paris’ gardeners. This allows fledgling gardeners to discover the joy of gardening and learn from the experts, and for more experienced gardeners to share their passion with their co-workers. The members of the Nature and Environment team also enjoy having the opportunity to share their knowledge and showcase their expertise. As the majority of Disneyland Paris Cast Members live in urban areas, the project aims to allow them to reconnect with nature in a fun way, discussing and debating with others.
Publicising and promoting Disneyland Paris’ natural heritage
Since 1995 the Nature and Environment department has been running guided tours (in French) of Disneyland Paris green spaces. These Hortitours give detailed presentations covering landscape design, techniques for plant maintenance, tree pruning etc. These plant-themed visits of Disneyland Paris are a way of discovering the resort’s natural curiosities and promoting Disneyland Paris’s natural heritage and expertise. These tours are for groups of 8 – 20 people, mostly pupils from schools or horticultural colleges, but also older guests and horticultural enthusiasts. The content of the visit is modified according to the group. The Hortitours take place in the mornings and are conducted by the park’s gardeners with one guide for every 8 people. More info on : email@example.com