Usefulness and services of the tree :
Features and characters of the individual
This birch is part of a small grove lighting up the Square Bia Bouquet. It adds character to the Foyer Forestois housing that was built in the ‘50s. These birch trees have a strong social foundation in the neighbourhood. Residents, both young and old meet by them to chat or play. These trees were planted in the ‘70s by Léon Meganck*, the first ecology teacher in the country, together with pupils from the ‘Ecole no.1 de Forest’ school. At the time, ecology was in the primary school curriculum. Children had the opportunity to plant a tree at least once in their life: a way to prepare for the future. Birch trees have a short life-span. This experience should be renewed today to ensure their place here continues, and that they also continue to have a presence in the whole city.