Author 'Nicoledesplat' (Id 197885 ) : Back to Breteuil (Yvelines), ride more contemplative of the vegetation and of the great forest of the area that we hadn't had the time to browse through the aisle to the Prince of Wales.
A few centuries ago, the owners of the Castle of Breteuil were planted in vast meadows sloping rows of chestnut trees, which are intended to provide a food reserve in case of famine.
It was said that the chestnut provided the 'bread of the poor' . Since then, the cultivation of chestnut trees has been forgotten, and the trees a little bit abandoned.
The forest gradually envahti these spaces once opened.
The old trees have reached impressive dimensions, but a lot of old branches are dead, and the towering trunks are often hollow, which are visited by small grimpereaux as the peak-épeiches, pic-green, spike-black, nuthatches, chickadees, and squirrels, but I have not had a chance to meet that day.