Oak trees selected to replace Notre Dame’s spire destroyed in 2019 fire

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Repair work on the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is continuing at pace, with the first eight oak trees destined to replace the destroyed spire selected.

Oaks from the Berce forest in the French Loire region, will help restore the 96-metre spire that was completely destroyed in the fire that ravaged the monument in 2019.

The original was designed by architect Viollet-le-Duc in 1859.

Smoke pouring from Notre Dame Cathedral Credit: Eve Millan/PA

"It is a source of pride for the foresters of the National Forestry Office to participate in the rebirth of Notre-Dame de Paris," said Forestry Office director Bertrand Munch.

The first oaks measure around one metre in diameter.

Officials said the 1,000 oaks that are needed to fully rebuild the spire are all scheduled to be cut by the end of March.