Departmental Conservatory of fruit species and ancient vines

The Conservatory, owned by the Department of the Tarn, is involved in programmes to preserve and restore biodiversity and houses collections of local and regional varieties of apple, pear, plum and vine trees.

As part of its environmental policy, the Tarn Department created the Conservatory in 1986. The Conservatory, which has been designated as a sensitive natural area by the Department, is involved in safeguarding, identifying, restoring and promoting cultivated and agricultural biodiversity. This biological wealth is collected on the territory of the former Midi Pyrénées region, thus contributing to the preservation of the collective memory. It is part of a sustainable development approach. The 8 ha of plots installed at the foot of the fortified village of Puycelsi, house more than 700 old varieties of pome fruit trees (apple and pear), stone fruit trees (plum, cherry and peach trees, peach trees) and more than 100 varieties of vines from the past. The management of these extensively managed collection plots uses reasoned techniques.

Introductory courses in pruning, grafting and maintenance of fruit trees are organised every year during the first quarter.
On site, the Conservatory offers the sale of fresh fruit (in season) and apple juice from the collections every Thursday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Once a year in December, a large sale of young fruit trees takes place. Every two years, for one day in the autumn, the Department organises the "rendez-vous de la biodiversité" on the Conservatoire site.

Informations supplémentaires

Animaux acceptés : Non

Langues parlées

  • French


Ouverture du 31 December 2022 au 31 December 2023
Tuesday, Thursday: open

For direct sales on the site, these are open depending on the products available. Currently, the sale is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 12:30. A closure is planned for the Christmas holidays.


Moyens de paiement

  • Check
  • Cash



  • Car park
  • Coach parking


  • Coach access