The suburb of Le Bouscat has long been renowned for its racecourse, its residential quarters, its high street shops and, a-hem, its countless car dealers. But this sign greets visitors to one of the latest additions to the town’s portfolio of potential outings: le Bois du Bouscat.
The Bois du Bouscat provides a landscaped walk in the woods which was two years in the making and was officially opened in June 2013 by local mayor Patrick Bobet. The project was the result of the acquisition of woodland which stretches along one flank of the racecourse (indeed, it was previously best-known as Bois de l’Hippodrome) and next to the high-rise blocks of the Lyautey estate.
The project formed part of the wider “Agenda 21” plan for sustainable development throughout greater Bordeaux and sought to achieve a number of objectives, such as enabling the general public to make the most of a natural environment, boosting awareness of nature in an urban setting, making the site as accessible as possible and restricting the ecological footprint of work carried out. (Those objectives in full can be read here.) A whole eco-system of contributors including landscape gardeners, architects and artists all got down to work and the end-product is 12 acres (5 hectares) of woodland which is labelled as being “entre nature et culture”, i.e. at the crossroads between nature and culture.
|Plaque celebrating the official inauguration of the Bois du Bouscat, a pleasingly detailed map of the site, and a section of the pathway.|
|The racecourse and its grandstand, and over to the right the tower blocks of the Lyautey estate.|
- Find it on the Invisible Bordeaux map:
- Bois du Bouscat, Avenue de l'Hippodrome, Le Bouscat
- Dedicated blog: boisdelhippodrome.wordpress.com
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