Forests to discover: Hallerbos Forest, Belgium

Hallerbos Forest, in Belgium, it is located about 30 minutes south of Brussels, and is famous because, from April to early May, a few acres of forest are covered with wild Bluebell hyacinths

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Forests to discover: Hallerbos Forest, Belgium

Hallerbos Forest, in Belgium, it is located about 30 minutes south of Brussels, and is famous because, from April to early May, a few acres of forest are covered with wild Bluebell hyacinths. Hallerbos is a beech forest, but in the days of flowering, Hallerbos becomes magical.

Hyacinthoides non-scripta is a species that covers the whole undergrowth like a carpet. Visitors can reach it by their own vehicle or by public transport. The latter include the possibility of reaching the Halle train station and taking a bus to the forest entrance.

Beech tree

The beech is a large deciduous and broad-leaved tree, with very slow growth and which can reach 30–40 m in height. The bark is smooth and thin, gray-ashy in color, with horizontal streaks and often with whitish spots due to the presence of lichens.

The leaves in autumn take on a characteristic orange or red-brown color. It has a very branched crown with dense foliage. The male flowers are gathered in round and pendulous catkins, long petiolate; the female ones are coupled in an enclosure called dome and have trilocular ovary.

In high forest crops, cuts are made every 90-100 years, from which 400-500 cubic meters of cut timber are obtained. Beech wood, one of the heaviest, is hard and compact and is used in the construction of furniture, toys, kitchen utensils and is suitable for turning.

In high forest crops, cuts are made every 90-100 years, from which 400-500 cubic meters of cut timber are obtained. Beech wood, one of the heaviest, is hard and compact and is used in the construction of furniture, toys, kitchen utensils and is suitable for turning.

Beech is one of the 38 Bach flowers of flower essences. It is recommended to use it to calm anger, intransigence and ailments such as cough, headaches and other pains. Beech wood, one of the heaviest, is hard and compact and is used in the construction of furniture, toys, kitchen utensils and is suitable for turning.

Thanks to its compactness it is also appreciated in the construction of chairs, mallets, floors and workbench shelves. The prized cultivars multiply in March by split grafting or in June by eye grafting or by approximation.