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Hennessy donates 36 century-old oaks for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

CSR | News

Hennessy joins the reconstruction efforts of Notre-Dame with a donation of ancient oak trees.

Paris, 21 November 2023

In an act that combines heritage preservation and environmental stewardship, the renowned cognac house Hennessy, under the auspices of LVMH, has announced a significant contribution to the restoration of the iconic Notre-Dame de Paris.

Hennessy, a name synonymous with exceptional cognac, has pledged 36 century-old oak trees to help rebuild the cathedral’s historic spire, thus bolstering the collective restoration effort following the tragic fire on April 15, 2019.

Hennessy’s donation not only marks a gesture of support but also a commitment to the complex process of heritage reconstruction.

The 36 century-old trees are part of the 1,200 oaks needed for this extensive project.

This initiative reflects the solidarity of French patrons, including major luxury conglomerates like Kering and LVMH, who have been at the forefront of the cathedral’s revival.

“The House of Hennessy is honored to be a patron of the restoration of the Notre Dame de Paris framework with the donation of 36 century-old oaks, taken from its forest in La Celle. Committing to the preservation of universal cultural heritage while leveraging our natural heritage is a magnificent symbol,” emphasizes Laurent Boillot, President of the House of Hennessy in a press release.

The ties between Hennessy and forestry run deep.

Since the 1970s, the cognac house has managed 538 hectares of forest, integrating environmental sustainability into its core values.

In partnership with the National Forestry Office (ONF), Hennessy works towards the sustainable management of the Braconne forest, a historically significant region for the cognac industry.

This commitment is also demonstrated by their ambitious goal to plant an additional 35,000 oak trees over the next five years.

Hennessy’s environmental initiatives extend beyond French borders.

Launched three years ago, the “Forest Destination” program aims to regenerate 50,000 hectares of forest worldwide by 2030.

This global vision of ecological regeneration demonstrates the brand’s understanding of the broader role it plays not only in preserving history but also in ensuring a greener future.

The task of rebuilding Notre-Dame is a symbol of resilience and unity.

It is a meticulous process that brings together the best experts in forestry and woodworking to select, extract, and prepare the wood that will be part of a monument that has stood the test of time and adversity.

As the cathedral’s spire rises once again towards the sky, it will become not only a beacon of French Gothic architecture but also a symbol of sustainable heritage, with Hennessy’s oaks at its core.

Photo credits: Hennessy © Alain Benoit

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