On 24 November 2009, the second French Dance Lime Tree was planted in La Chapelle de Guinchay, a small community located 13 km south of Mâcon in the Saône-et-Loire department. La Chapelle de Guinchay is not far from the ancient site of Solutré, and has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Wine-growing has taken place there since the Gallo-Roman period, and Chenas and Beaujolais-Villages wines are still cultivated there. The community, with a population of 3500, is a lively one, and is home to many businesses and artisans, as well as to more than 40 societies.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Foyer Rural (FLAC), a Dance Lime Tree from a Dutch nursery was planted next to an 18th-century farm that now houses exhibitions, lectures and a shop featuring local products.
The tree was 20 years old at the time of planting, and was 7 metres high. Thanks to the care of the village personnel, it has been growing well.
The FLAC has founded a commission to organise local events in tandem with other Dance Lime Tree communities in Europe, and a specially created society, “Tilleul et compagnie” (“Lime Tree and Co”.), will provide dancing around the Tree, along with its eight-musician orchestra “Fest-Tilia”. http://www.tilleuletcompagnie.fr