THE COMPIEGNE FOREST IS A DOMANIAL FOREST HISTORICALLY IN ILE-DE-FRANCE
With an area of 14,500 hectares and a perimeter of nearly 100 Kilometers, it is one of the largest forest areas in France and the third largest domanial forest in metropolitan France. This forest is planted mainly with beech, oak and hornbeam trees. Beech is more common on the plateaus, oak more abundant in the sandy parts of the lower forest. Poor, sandy and dry soils are covered with pine resin, wet or damp soils are planted with spruce or poplar. Of a varied relief, it is bordered by a series of hills called "mounts" offering superb views, including the "Beaux Monts" (130m), the "Mont Saint-Mard" (131m), the "Mont Saint-Pierre (141m). Finally, it has a rugged valley and its freshness, that of the ru de Berne, where this river forms the beautiful ponds of Saint-Pierre, between Vieux-Moulin and Pierrefonds.
The oak tree of Calvaire of Vieux Moulin
It is an oak tree with a total height of 25 metres and a diameter of 1.50 m. Its age is estimated at 350 years. This tree is in perfect health.
The oak tree of the Calvaire of Vieux Moulin
Another exceptional oak, 28 meters high and 2.10 meters in diameter, also in perfect health.