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A historic commitment to the environment

At the end of the 1990s, Château de la Messardière drafted an environmental charter to reconcile luxury with the environment.

We have taken a responsible approach, involving all our employees and our customers, to eliminate all waste and foster recycling.

Thus, to increase synergy between the château and the estate, we recycle as much of our vegetable waste as we can and this gives our gardeners the quality compost they use on our massifs.

 

In protection of fauna and flora, the park of the Château de la Messardière is one of the few private areas to have been recognized as a "natural shelter" by Bird Life International in France since the 2000s.

The birds are fed in winter by feeders, build their nests and limit the proliferation of caterpillars in the pine trees.

The pond, designed as a water reserve for sedentary and migratory species, is a permanent example of our commitment thanks to the acclimatization of swans, ducks and fish (the latter preventing the proliferation of mosquitoes).

Since 2017, we have introduced different breeds of hens to enrich the diversity of the fauna while recycling organic waste, sorted upstream by our kitchen staff.

We also use ladybird larvae, garden helpers and effective predators of leafhopper and other unwanted insects.

We will soon reintroduce hen feeding on the Asian hornet that attacks our bees.

The biodiversity of the park, with a focus on local plants, including those used for many types of honey, and the desire to limit the use of insecticides and pesticides that are harmful to bees, make it possible for the castle hives to produce a quality honey for the restaurant's menu.

Our aromatic garden and our olive trees, whose harvest produces 60 to 70 litres of oil per year, contribute to the inventiveness of our cooks, pastry chefs and bartenders in the creations they serve to our guests.