Want to learn about the remarkable trees in a particular municipality or park? Want to find out where the capital’s tallest trees are located? Which trees are “listed” or “registered on the conservation list”? Want to know more about certain properties not open to the public? All you need is one address: the website of the Inventory of Natural Heritage of the Brussels-Capital Region, which contains both of the current inventories, so that of remarkable trees and that of sites of significant heritage value.
The Brussels-Capital Region is home to over 6,000 remarkable trees located in both public spaces (such as parks, woods and squares) and private gardens. These trees account for more than 400 species or cultivars and the largest have a circumference of close to 7 metres.
The website of the inventory of remarkable trees enables you, via a multiple-criteria search, to expand your knowledge on the dendrological heritage of Brussels by municipality, species, circumference and protection status (listed tree, etc.).
The website contains a summary fact sheet for each tree with the following information: species, dimensions (circumference, height, etc.), environment (on its own or in a group, visibility from public spaces, etc.), condition and position (Lambert coordinates). The trees can be viewed using a clickable map. These fact sheets also contain several photos.
For trees that have protected status (listed or conservation list), their scientific and esthetical value is also described.
Parks and gardens
Parks and gardens of significant heritage value are also included in an inventory, with more than 200 fact sheets available for consultation on the website. The search fields enable you to display sites corresponding to a specific typology such as the outskirts of a farm or mill, squares, woods or forest parks, etc.
The fact sheets contain information on the history of the site and its importance, as well as a short description.
Any remarkable trees present on the site, in addition to any features such as rockwork or structures, are also detailed on the fact sheets.
One single website
The website www.arbres-inventaire.irisnet.be enables the public to access and view the capital’s natural heritage. The fact sheets for the trees and sites are regularly updated.
The Brugis mapping portal www.mybrugis.irisnet.be/MyBruGIS/brugis features a “remarkable trees” overlay that enables them to be located on a map. It also has an overlay listing the sites in the inventory.