Game and Nature Reserves

The Avroy Park is located on the site of a former branch of the Meuse, the Avroy river, which was filled in in 1835 in order to make way for a plantation of trees. A town square was built around it in 1868 and extended in 1880 to its current size. It includes a lake, a bandstand (1852) and many monuments and statues. Many paths thread their way through the broad lawns and coppices. A number of fine trees are to be found here: cedar of Lebanon, bald cypress, weeping beech, Turkish hazel and a Judas tree, as well as an appealing line of plane trees.

The Park of Boverie is Situated where the Meuse and the Dérivation split, the park of Boverie is a place that has been loved by the people of Liège, young and old, since the 14th century. The park and acclimatisation garden were created during the 2nd half of the 19th century. The public park alongside the Meuse was modified in 1874 by G. Blonden, who replaced the little buildings around the site (shelters, restaurant, animal cages) with lawns planted with trees. The north-western part has retained its parkland aspect. The south-west part was transformed into a traditional garden. Its principal attractions are the pergola and the rose garden.

The Botanical garden of Liège was created by the University in 1840 and houses its exotic collections in magnificent Victorian style greenhouses. They are a rare example of glass and iron construction in Liège and are now listed. 1050 m² house nearly 5,000 plants, including numerous begoniaciae, bromeliaceae, cactaceae, orchids, carnivorous plants and grass plants, Mediterranean or tropical plants (banana trees, cocoa trees, vanilla plants,…) as well as some exceptional Cycad specimens. A number of these plants are the descendants of those introduced in the greenhouses in the 19th century. The park where the greenhouses are located, contains more than 170 tree species from various continents, some of them dating from 1841, among which about fifteen “champions of Belgium”.

 

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