We are a team of professionals passionate about trees and gardens and their best integration into urban landscapes:
Valuable Trees’ mission is to provide advice to tree owners on tree management, in accordance to the best practices. It also aims to create sustainable parks and gardens, respectful of trees.
Opting for a collective work (group of independent consultants), Valuable Trees’ purpose is to gather complementary ‘know-how’.
When the project requires it, the result is the fruit of a collaboration with Architects, Landscape architects, Tree Experts or other disciplines.
‘Valuable Trees’ was created by Rachel Casimir, trained in Garden Design at the Versailles National School of Landscape Architecture. She graduated in Tree Biology / Tree Management with the University UMR PIAF and INRA of Clermont Ferrand. She also followed the teaching of CFPPAH de St Germain en Laye on ornamental trees, the Luxembourg Horticultural School on fruit trees in Paris and the teaching of Eric Petiot on natural tree care. These studies have been supplemented by a rich professional experience in arboricultural consultancy practices.
Rachel works mainly in the French Riviera (Department 06), PACA and Paris area. She has lived and worked for many years in English-speaking countries. Bilingual in French and English, she is also open to missions abroad.
Singularity of her approach:
Rachel has been trained to the latest Scientific tree’s researches by the Teacher-Researchers of the UMR PIAF and INRA of Clermont Ferrand. She has also been trained to best shrubs management techniques by respected professionals in this specialized field.
Her approach is to use this knowledge and know-how to preserve tree heritage. She aims to inform homeowners about their natural heritage and to optimize the cost of tree population management.
She takes into account existing trees and new plantations (their ecology and physiological needs), well upstream a landscaping project so that they can make a crucial contribution to the design of parks and gardens…
The tree is at the heart of design projects. Projects are then respectful of the biology of this incredible living being.
Keen to transmit knowledge on trees and nourished by previous international professional experience in IT, Rachel is also a webmaster and experimented in natural referencing. She has followed a specific teaching in natural referencing, web-writing optimization and use of Google Analytics, as well as seminars on the use of social networks and press/media communication.
She is particularly attentive to educational missions in which her communication skills can be implemented around tree, forest, environment and ecology. This, in French or English.
She is a member of:
One of her partners in this iniative is : Delphine Mestoudjian
Delphine graduated in Garden Design at the Versailles National School of Landscape Architecture. She also graduated in Plant Biology and Biotechnology from Pierre-et-Marie-Curie University (UPMC Paris VI) and the Technological University of Compiègne (UTC). She devoted her first research to the tree with an academic dissertation on cedar. She has acquired a rich professional experience in a Parisian Landscaping Design practice and has, today, a mastery of the many aspects of the profession.
Delphine works mainly in Paris, the Ile de France and the Perche (Departments 28, 41, 61 and 72).
Honors and competitions:
Delphine Mestoudjian is co-winner of the 2019 edition of the Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival on the theme of “Paradise Gardens” with “Towards the Clouds” (Garden 03).
She is also co-winner of the 2019 edition “outside the walls” of the International Festival of Gardens of Chaumont-sur-Loire in partnership with parc de La Villette (Paris). This other achievement of “Towards the Clouds” is a transposition of the garden adapted to a public park.
Singularities of her approach:
Delphine ensures that each project is unique and integrated into the surrounding landscape and aims to reveal the “spirit of the place” and its peculiarities through a sensitive listening and analysis of space. This is also in the interest of “doing the most with nature and the least against it” while accommodating small fauna and insects, thanks to an appropriate plant palette.
She is always attentive, to the tree, as a structuring and singular element of the garden.
Driven by a desire for transmission, Delphine Mestoudjian completed her training with a Master of Information and Scientific and Technical Communication (ICST) at Denis Diderot University (Paris VII). She has been in charge of scientific events communication, technical assistant on scientific films as well as journalist in the press.
She is happy to invest in landscape projects related to missions of nature education, environmental awareness and the landscape that surrounds us.
Our passion for trees…
Trees have been often subject to bad treatments or negligence in this twentieth century in France. However, in recent decades, many professionals and scientists actively committed themselves in favour of trees.
A rich literature comments the amenities offered by trees.
Scientific publications and popular scientific information detail the biology and physiology of trees so that this information is accessible to all.
Software now calculates trees economic value in terms of carbon sequestration, storm water retention, air cleaning, heat control etc. Else, trees value is also quantified for their owner as a financial value.
However the protection of trees as a heritage is, in reality, still too little practiced and we aim to ensure that trees are taken into account very upstream in landscaping projects!!!