Today, Giscours park and forest are a truly green oasis, just a few kilometres from Bordeaux. Since 2019, the Giscours teams have been creating a proper path to follow past plants and bodies of water, with numerous new things to discover.
As you stroll through Giscours park, you will discover a wide range of species and remarkable, rare trees. In fact, the park and forest are home to tree species from all over the world! Some of the most impressive are the giant sequoias, originally from California and reaching up to 55m high, which quietly dominate the forest. You can see the centuries-old oaks, the verdant lime trees, the magnificent sassafras, and also the shrubs and flowering trees such as magnolias or rhododendrons.
Designed as a work of art, the paths of Giscours park and its forest reveal various artworks that come to life among the branches or in expanses of water. From the very beginning of the circular route, in the lake opposite the Château, a female silhouette also seems to be taking advantage of the cool water… This is The Bather, a bronze sculpture depicting Hendrickje Stoffels, the partner of the famous painter Rembrandt. This statue was created by talented Dutch artist Carla Rutgers Hendriksen.
A little further away, the astonishing sculpture in patinated bronze ‘Salto’ emerges. Created by Nic Jonk, this silhouette sits perfectly beside Lesclause river, which runs through Giscours park and forest.
And doubtless, the most observant among you will not fail to spot ‘Spectacles’, an installation paying tribute to Eric Albada Jelgersma – who owned Château Giscours until his death in 2018 – and the iconic round glasses that he wore for all of his life, quietly watching the Château’s reflection in the water. Another pair of spectacles has also been installed among the Giscours vines, overseeing their development all year round.
As you stroll along paths scattered with wood chips, between trees and works of art, you are overcome with a feeling of completeness and calm… But if you open your eyes and ears, you will become aware of all the biodiversity surrounding you. In fact, Giscours park and forest are home to various inhabitants: animals, birds and insects all form part of this rich ecosystem.
Ornithology fans can observe kingfishers, grey herons, European green woodpeckers, little egrets, Eurasian hoopoes, and various other species of bird living in their natural habitat. From March to October you might be lucky enough to catch sight of our European pond turtles, small water turtles classified as ‘near threatened’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. They particularly love taking in the sun on the banks of Giscours park’s large pond.