Short walk in the park of the castle of Good Hope
The park is crossed over its entire length by the Creek of Hope which takes its source in the middle of a meadow of Haute Sarte. By entering the Tihange Wood, it first deserts the domain of the castle of Fond l’Evêque, property of the Tibetan monks (Yeunten Ling Institute).
It is after a few meters in the wood of Tihange that it enters our home and opens on an artificial pond. Throughout the year, birds and other animals alternate in this food reserve.
Thus, at the end of February, we rejoice in the song of frogs and toads announcing the egg-laying in the pond. Later, we will have the pleasure of attending the engagement of the wild ducks that nest there every year.
But it will be necessary to wait for the month of July so that the mallard mom comes to present us his ducklings by leaving the reeds to take possession of the brook and the garden.
The pond also serves as a pantry for herons and a host of birds including a beautiful kingfisher. It is also near the water that two or more collar snakes bask in the sun.
Beyond our garden, the Esperance stream feeds the old wash house located at the foot of the street of the Golettes. Throughout his race, he then helped the formation of ponds developed by local residents before joining the Meuse.
This massif overlooking the castle was planted by the family of Loën Enschede in the 1920s. It consists of 2 circles of 8 large purple beech.
This rest area offers a magnificent view of the garden and the castle. It is also beyond that we see the broom windmills installed on the other side of the Meuse and the birth of the Haspengouw.
Its thousands of branches form a wonderful shelter to protect us from the rain or the rays of the sun. When in bloom, the wind carries its perfume into the courtyard of the castle while the bees are busy for the pollen harvest.
It is American native tree measuring nearly 30 meters high. He is more than a century old. In spring, it is adorned with pretty yellow flowers similar to tulips. As you will see during your walk, the leaves also look like tulips.
At the bottom of the garden, he harvests the waters of the neighboring meadows. Even in case of great drought, water is always present.
Around the 1900s, before the organization of the water distribution, the water of the stream was directed by a bias on the other side of the garden. Piping carried it to the ram pump, which sent it 15 meters high to a reservoir in the small Balat tower. This water then fed all the taps of the castle.
The entire garden is also appreciated by deer. Huguette the chevrette comes to give birth there in June and stays there a big part of the year for the education of fawns.
Currently, the upper pond is silty and waiting for the hand of man. On the other hand, if it is today, especially a field of reeds, the biodiversity is also ensured there.
Since we restored the large basin in front of the castle, the newts invaded the place. The fountain is condemned to silence to prevent these same newts are sucked and crushed by the pump. We preferred the survival of newts and young frogs to a beautiful stream of water …