GPS coordinates :
50.8515 , 4.3564
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Latin name :
Fagus sylvatica
French name :
Hêtre commun
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European beech
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Features and characters of the individual

This small 14 beech wood was noticed by the CFC House. They form a whole:

"Placed on either side of the 1830 Martyrs Monument, two groups of 14 beeches cut into cubes. Opposite the bookshop and the offices of the CFC House, under the cobblestones, is the common grave where the 467 heroes and martyrs of the fighting of the "Days of September 1830", during which Belgium's Independence was played out, are buried. It is in this "historical" humus that 14 of the 28 beech trees of the square are rooted.

The cube-shaped size, or box-shaped, of these small trees that provide parsimonious shade, makes us think, by association, of the nesting box, installed in the tree, a box in the box, a miniature dwelling... but also, like a Russian doll, of the book placed on the tables of the CFC House, a publishing house and a bookshop.

The book, an object, a place in itself. A place to withdraw, to dream, to read, but also to reflect, to cross time, to look and think, in the manner of the perched Baron, this famous character of the Italian writer Italo Calvino who decides, at twelve years old, to climb up the oak tree of the family garden to never come down from it again and who, far from living as a hermit, jumps from branch to branch and sets off to discover the world: "everything was happening as if, the more he was determined to remain hidden in his branches, the more he felt the need to create new relationships with the human race. "