French model gardens that trigger online pollen alerts

France’s latest ‘pollinarium’ in Antonne-et-Trigonant, Dordogne

Hay fever sufferers in France have had it hard this year – a February heatwave brought early misery, before the double whammy of birch and grass pollen season struck. The Connexion visits one of the country’s early warning pollinariums

A growing number of pollinariums in France are providing accurate indications of pollen activity in the areas around them.

One in five children and 30% of adults suffer from pollen allergies, according to a Health Ministry estimate.

The worst period is spring but problems can persist from January to October.

Pollinariums are, simply, gardens where the trees, bushes and grasses which can cause pollen allergies are planted.

They are inspected daily and as soon as they show signs of pollen, information is sent out online to people signed up to receive alerts. The service is free and has been mostly funded by local ...

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