On the west side of Tilburg, right next to the University of Tilburg Campus, lies this special park. De Oude Warande is an 18th century park, located south ofthe railway line Tilburg-Breda, between Tilburg University station and the Reeshof district. The park was commissioned by Willem van Hessen-Kassel in 1712 and is one of the few intact star forests in the Netherlands. The Oude Warande is a so called “sterrenbos” of 103.8 hectares.
“Star forests” are an expression of French garden architecture. A star forest is a forest with an avenue structure that was originally laid out as a park or hunting forest for relaxation. The current Dutch word ‘star forest’ is a corruption of the original Old Dutch spelling ‘starre bosch’, which means: a planting of rigid trees or tall conifers along straight lanes. A star forest is a forest that is intersected by radial avenues emanating from a central point. The spaces between the avenues are sometimes filled with coppice. In the end this creates a floor plan that can once again can be described as star formation.
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