Usefulness and services of the tree :
Features and characters of the individual
Like the willow at the Molenbeek lock, this weeping willow stands straight like a lighthouse. It watches over the Anderlecht lock and the canal lock keeper’s house. The weeping willow is known for its role in protecting banks of waterways, because its creeping roots prevent soil being eroded by the water. Is it the guardian of the lock keepers in Brussels as well? Who knows! Anyway, this one is doing particularly well between the Brussels–Charleroi canal and a small open air arm of the Senne river. Capable of exploring soil over long distances, its creeping roots have undoubtably found something on both sides to satisfy its great thirst.