Le Bourgailh is a 160-acre landscaped section of the green belt that runs between the Rocade ringroad and the source of the Peugue river, which was for centuries part of the lifeblood of Bordeaux but has long been driven underground nearer the city until it flows into the Garonne at the end of Cours Alsace-Lorraine.
The Bourgailh development came about in 1989 as the town of Pessac became increasingly concerned about the number of houses that were being built where forests and greenery used to be. As well as acquiring properties that ran along the Peugue, the town decided that the former rubbish tip, which subsequently closed in 1991, would be converted into this vast complex given over to discovering and exploring nature and wildlife.
|The view from the 18-metre-high "Palier de l'Écureuil"...over a former |
rubbish tip, a biogas conversion unit and large greenhouses, more of which below!
|The botanic greenhouses and some of the educational exhibits that are on show.|
|Beehives (two labelled "CUB", the other "Pessac") |
and one of the many varieties of holly that can be seen in the park.