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A stroll around the Tenbosch-Lepoutre neighbourhood

Green giants blend into the urban landscape

This walk invites you to head out and get to know the remarkable trees around Tenbosch and Lepoutre neighbourhoods, discovering their stories along the way, as well as their secrets and the benefits they bring to the city.

The municipality of Ixelles has more than 400 remarkable trees. These living monuments form part of the capital’s heritage, add beauty to our surroundings, and make our city healthier.

These green giants blend into the urban landscape. We walk past them without noticing them, but they’re essential to our environment and overall wellbeing.

We invite you to discover them!

Navigation tip

Each point on the left corresponds to a marker on the map. Click on any of these points to help navigate more easily.

You’ll discover an interesting tree at each stop on the tree walk.

Clicking on the green button will take you a page with more information about the tree, including facts and stories, interesting things that you might not know, the benefits the tree brings to the area, tips for recognising the tree, and also reasons for it being considered a remarkable tree.

If you don’t have enough time for a long and leisurely exploration, feel free to just read the sections that pique your interest and arose your curiosity!

This could mean that you’ll experience different things each time you do the walk and read different sections. Have a good time exploring...

Start of the tree tour >>>

This tree walk starts at Parc Buchholtz, which is located on Rue Américaine opposite No. 219. The park is open from 9am to 5:30pm. Enter the park through the gate. To find the first stop on this tree walk, follow the path to the end. The second of the two trees in front of you has a dominating presence over the park: this is an oriental plane tree.

Oriental plane tree
Oriental plane tree (Platanus orientalis)
- Ixelles

Transit >>> ~ 210m - 3 mins on foot - 2 min by bike

Exit the park via the gate that you entered through. Turn left up Rue Américaine and cross the street at the traffic lights. Walk down Chaussée de Vleurgat until you reach No. 197. The entrance to Parc Tenbosch can be found just after this, on your right.

This little oasis of calm is open: September – 8am to 7:30pm October to March – 8am to 5:30pm April – 8am to 6:30pm May to August – 8am to 8:30pm

Enter the park and take in the wonderful scents. Follow the path and take the first left. At the end of this paved path, you’ll find a large tree overlooking the hill. This is the next stop on our walk: a blue Atlas cedar.

Blue Atlas Cedar
Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica "Glauca")
- Ixelles

Transit >>> ~ 160m - 2 mins on foot - 0 min by bike (walk beside your bike)

Retrace your steps and take the path on your left. Passing a bench on your left, continue and then go down the steps. Turn around to have one last look up at the blue Atlas cedar at the top of the hill.

Continue along the path (past some benches and a small house), then follow the path as it turns left and through some archways of greenery.

You’ll reach an open space with grass. There is a huge tree rising into the sky at the far end of the grass. To get to the tree, follow the small path on your right.

This tree is a Leyland cypress.

Leyland cypress
Leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii)
- Ixelles

Transit >>> ~ 160m - 2 mins on foot - 0 min by bike (walk beside your bike)

Turn away from the Leyland cypress, go back to the main path that crosses the grass and then turn right.

You’ll come across another path crossing the one you’re on – continue straight with the grass slope on your right-hand side.

A little further along, you’ll come across another point with two paths crossing; as with before, continue straight. The path that you’re on will then veer right.

After this, you’ll pass a pétanque (boules) court on your left and a small wood on your right. Spot the huge brown tree trunk in the woods, roughly 20 paces away from you. This is a sycamore tree.

Sycamore maple, Great maple, Plane tree
Sycamore maple, Great maple, Plane tree (Acer pseudoplatanus)
- Ixelles

Transit >>> ~ 160m - 2 mins on foot - 3 min by bike (when out of the park)

Continue along the path. With the railings on your left, walk to the main entrance of the park.

Walk around the roundabout in the opposite direction of the traffic, and turn into Rue des Mélèzes (the third exit from the roundabout).

Walk down this road and cross Chaussée de Waterloo at the end. Continue straight down Rue Renier Chalon. You will already be able to see the next stop on this tree walk up ahead: two common beech trees at the entrance of Plaine de Jeux Renier Chalon (at No. 17 on the street).

European beech, common beech
European beech, common beech (Fagus sylvatica)
- Ixelles

Transit >>> ~ 50m - 1 min on foot - 0 min by bike (walk beside your bike)

Walk underneath the beech trees and follow the tarmac path in front of you. The path runs between a school fence on the right and the play area on the left. At the end of the path, there is a low wall that encloses a second play area comprising a large sandbox.

The next stop on this tree walk is the giant tree located in the far left of this area (overlooking the swing set). This is a London plane

London plane
London plane (Platanus x hispanica)
- Ixelles

Transit >>> ~ 50m - 1 min on foot - 0 min by bike (walk beside your bike)

Walk along the fencing for the football pitch on your left. Head towards the two trees on the other side of the pitch, behind the goal. These are small-leaved lime trees.

Small-leaved linden, European linden
Small-leaved linden, European linden (Tilia cordata)
- Ixelles

Transit >>> ~ 200m - 2 mins on foot - 1 min by bike

Exit Plaine de Jeux Renier Chalon via the main gate (the same gate you entered through earlier).

Turn right and walk along Rue Renier Chalon. Turn right onto Rue Camille Lemonnier and walk to the end, where you’ll find yourself on Avenue Louis Lepoutre. Turn left. Stroll down this avenue, which is lined with horse chestnut trees.

Common horse chestnut
Common horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
- Ixelles

Transit >>> ~ 550m - 7 mins on foot - 2 mins by bike

Walk to the end of Avenue Louis Lepoutre, and cross to the other side of Place Georges Brugmann. Go around the church on the left-hand side. Behind the church, there is an amazing Japanese cherry tree.

Japanese cherrytree
Japanese cherrytree (Prunus serrulata 'Kanzan')
- Ixelles

Transit >>> ~ 500 m - 6 mins on foot - 1 min by bike

Walk back to the front of the church, and cross Place Georges Brugmann. Take the road on your left, which is Rue Emile Bouillot.

At the end of this road, there is a small triangular square. Turn left here and cross over Rue Franz Merjay. At No. 79 on this street, enter Parc de l'Abbé Froidure.

Follow the sandy path that runs to the right of the steps. The path will open onto a paved square. Walk along the hedge on your right,.

The last stop on this tree walk can be found at the end of the hedge on your right: a sycamore tree.

Sycamore maple, Great maple, Plane tree
Sycamore maple, Great maple, Plane tree (Acer pseudoplatanus)
- Ixelles

This brings us to the end of this tree walk.

Which was your favourite tree? Which trees filled you with wonder? Which benefits and facts were you most surprised by?

If you enjoyed this walk, we invite you to take a guided tour of the area.

This will give you the chance to learn more secrets about urban nature, as well as tips and tricks for recognising trees with just a glance. We look forward to sharing more of our passion for trees with you.

The guided tours will be announced on the municipality’s official website. Info and Bookings

This project was created and produced by the Wood Wide Web

  • Concept, texts and photos – Priscille Cazin from Sylvolutions
  • Graphics – Sophie Boiron and Pierre Huyghebaert from Speculoos and Atelier Cartographique

Thank you to:

  • Florian Genot, Tourism Project Manager, for his active collaboration in realising this project;
  • Christoph Laurent, Head of Green Spaces and Planting, for providing information in the field;
  • Bruno Campanella, from the Inventory of Natural Heritage for the Brussels-Capital Region, for his scientific insights.

An initiative of Christos Doulkeridis, Mayor of Ixelles, of Audrey Lhoest, portfolio holder for Environment, Green Spaces and Planting, and Tourism, and of the Ixelles Communal executive

End of the Tree Walk

Did you enjoy this tree walk? There are 2 other online tree walks in Ixelles and some more to discover in the Region

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