Usefulness and services of the tree :
Features and characters of the individual
This is one of the monumental beech trees that make up the so-called “cathedral beech forest” within the greater Sonian Forest. Its trunk is particularly straight, almost like a column. The first branches are very high, at a height of 10 m. They raise up towards the sky, allowing the crown to get to the light. Its leaves are incredibly well organised to capture all the sun’s rays. Its dense foliage joins up with that of the other beech trees surrounding it. Together, they form a canopy that plunges the forest below into a greeny shade. This protects its trunk from sunburn and shelters young beeches below as they patiently wait for their turn to grow. Mushrooms are eating away at its root collar. It can be seen from the pathway, as long as it is still there.