In 2017, the city of Aix-en-Provence in Southern France published a charter to preserve the tree heritage of the city. The Charter is a strategic document to accelerate the planting of trees in the city, preserve existing trees and determine new planting and tree management methods. The charter was developed in response to ongoing pressure by the association "Défenses des Arbres en Pays d'Aix", created by multiple NGOs with the purpose of saving the plant heritage of Aix-en-Provence. The association was created after more than one 100 trees were cut upon order of the city in 2016. The charter presents seven distinct areas of action, ranging from awareness raising on the importance of urban trees to the implementation of new techniques for tree planting and conservation. An environmental management plan laying out more detailed activities followed the charter in 2018.