Europe as seen through its forestry
Across the Kirchberg district, over 500 species of European trees and shrubs are waiting to be discovered.
The project to establish an arboretum in Kirchberg was launched by the Fund in the early 1980s, as part of the reorientation of the urban redevelopment towards a classic district of the city. In line with the design presented in 1991 by the landscape architect Peter Latz, the arboretum extends across all the green spaces on the plateau, from the wooded escarpment of Fort Thüngen, via the Place de l’Europe, Parc Central, Parc Réimerwee and Parc Klosegrënnchen, to the neighbouring forests. A unique collection, as full as possible with European trees and shrubs, hardy in the Luxembourg climate, has been brought together. Similarly, the various habits and uses of trees are shown (specimen trees, copses, walks, groupings of species, etc.)
The plantings were begun in 1994, with specimen oaks planted along the cycle path in Parc Réimerwee. Since then, some 40,000 trees and shrubs have been planted in the parks: in 1995, the paths were remade and a collection of beeches found a home in Parc Réimerwee. That same year, the terracing works in the Klosegrënnchen started. The planting of this park was undertaken in several stages between 1997 and 1999. The Fund completed development of Parc Central in spring 2000.
As far as possible, the plants are grown from seeds collected in natural populations of the species. Precise data on the provenance, growth habit and biology of the trees are held in a database maintained by the National Museum of Natural History. The labelling on the plants shows their botanical name, the family, geographical spread and common name in four languages (Luxembourgish, German, French and English). The collection currently comprises some 500 species, sub-species and different varieties.