Tenbosch: a park filled with history


15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

Tenbosch: a park filled with history

Tenbosch Park is located in Ixelles/Elsene. Its plant heritage and botanical appeal make it one of the most interesting green spaces in the region. It is also a living space and a connection-point for the neighbourhood: a meeting place and a haven of serenity, a playground for children and a refuge for countless urban birds. However, the local residents see it as their shared heritage for another reason. In the early 1970s, the Municipality of Ixelles/Elsene decided to rezone the site as building land, with the intention of constructing luxury apartment buildings there. The residents only just managed to save the park, following a bitter struggle conducted in both the media and political spheres.
This adventure will be recounted through a film (“Tenbosch, l’histoire de mon parc…”), which will immerse viewers in the history of the park via the personal accounts of people involved in the struggle. They will vividly describe the challenges and the determination that enabled this gem to be saved. Present-day images will alternate with period photos and archives to illustrate the story. The camera will also accompany a nature tour guide, who will take us on an exploration of the different nooks and crannies of the park to reveal its rich botanical diversity. The film will also feature the local residents who frequent the park as well as those who work there on a daily basis – the gardeners and wardens. It will also look at the future of the park and that of other green spaces within an ever-denser urban fabric in an interview with a manager from Bruxelles Environnement/Leefmilieu Brussel. The film will be available in two formats: a short film of around 15 minutes and a one-minute clip, intended to be circulated on social media and on the Bruxelles Environnement/Leefmilieu Brussel website.

A partnership between the Comité de Quartier Parc Tenbosch, Bruxelles-Environnement/Leefmilieu Brussel and L’Arbre à Film.

Practical information

    • Tenbosch Park
    • Chaussée de Vleurgat/Rue des Mélèzes/Rue Hector-Denis (Vleurgatse Steenweg/Lariksenstraat/Hector Denisstraat)
    • 1050 Brussels
    • Sat. & Sun. from 14h00 - Tour of the park with a nature tour guide, Sat. at 15h00  - Presentation and screening of the film: Sat. at 17h30 and Sun. at 14h30 and 17h00 - Neighbourhood drinks, Sat. from 18h30 to 20h30 - Musical activity, Saturday - Animation for children from 14h - Neighbourhood snacks in the form of a bring-and-share picnic, Sun. from 16h00
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