Park du Sausset Country woodland is a 200 acre area of semi-natural broad-leaf natural trees woodland located in the North East region of Paris in the towns of Aulnay sous Bois and Villepinte. The country Sausset Park has been open to the public since 1981.
Discover amazing landscapes that will take you back to the sweet memories of the reminiscent past of that rural part of the territory of Seine Saint Denis in the North East of Paris. It is a real promise of the surprising wealth of natural flowerbeds and the sweet fragrance of fauna and flora. Sunday walkers or bikers will discover rare species of birds in Ile de France region.
Discover Green spaces and gardening squares in the meadow gardens, a real pleasure to the eye in the newest park which features best practice in ecological garden design. Smell, feel, hear and observe the new layers of beauty in our Meadow Garden spanning 86 acres. Looking for an attractive area for a Sunday walk, meander through the path of walking and hiking trail routes and experience those sweeps of color in the middle of our native wildflower plants around the beautiful pool “ Savigny pond” Spacious inviting lawns await visitors for recreational activities and a relaxing break.
Open up your eyes and ears to this blooming and buzzing area in this park in and around the pond. Observe the reedy-bulrush- plant, Moorhens, Coots in their aquatically wildlife pleasures. Le Marais is a small marshland area and home to more species of marsh-plants. Most of the water marsh plants are perennials with specialized roots called rhizomes and a large number have creeping rhizomes such as Water-Lilies, Iris etc. The height of the Le Marais marshes fluctuates with the groundwater phreatic table .
Out of the midst of the pools rises tall graceful marsh plants which shine like melted gold in the sun in the pond they colonized. The pond is home to wildlife populations in natural perimeter lands. The marshes focus on the sustainability of these animal populations and also promote the development of a variety of wildlife and their habitat corridors where they can travel safely on their way to spring breeding grounds for birds: snipe, cormorants and herons as well as fish, mammals, amphibians and insects.
Do not hesitate to contact the park staff at “La Maison du Parc” the visitors welcoming center located in the gardening squares and vegetable garden area for a guided hike and spark your curiosity about the inter-connected ecology of the Sausset Park.
Oak, beech and ash guard the path and walks used for non-motorized recreational travelling in the park - walking, cycling and horse riding - and are embellished with decorations of hazel hedges on both side as a hiding place for animals.
Park du Sausset is made up of trees from the region; it is an area of the once splendid woodlands with enormous beech, ash and oak trees mainly on the woods and scrub lands that have been regenerated. Establishment of afforestation of the natural or intentional restocking of the Sausset Park has improved the quality of life and rebuilt all those habitats and ecosystem resources for woodpeckers, chickadees, owls, hedgehogs, insects, rabbits and foxes etc. Deciduous plants which include trees and shrubs and herbaceous perennial plants that lose all their leaves for part of the year, thus allowing them to discover the fashionable landscape style of trees forming a perimeter screen and place in an artful design to suggest a natural landscape. Splendid beech, hornbeam and different species of oaks: Red oaks, all-season-tree-Sessile oaks and marbles. Hazel wood bushes, blackthorn, hawthorn, honeysuckle, dogwood that grows beneath the oaks benefits wildlife by letting the sunlight in and creating ideal conditions for many animals, birds, insects and small fragile-plants to hide.
Blackthorn trees, a species native to Europe with the pointed and thorn like spur shoots characteristic of these trees. Hawthorns are small shrubs with horny branches. Honeysuckles are valued as garden plants for their ability to cover places for decorations and beautiful views and fragrances of most varieties. Their profuse tubular flowers in summer need their roots in the shade of big trees. Dogwood species are widely planted horticultural plants and the dense wood and larger stemmed species of beautiful flowers are used as food-plants by the larvae of some species of butterflies and moths.
The Sausset Park is a reserve intended to protect many species of wildlife, plants and fungi. Enjoy the diversity; discover, listen and observe - everywhere in the forest some amazing events of natural life are taking place. Visitors are encouraged to keep to the main paths, not to drop litter and leave the flowers for others to enjoy – a sign of good health for the forest and the visitor.
Whether you are a distinguished expert, an inspiring horticulturalist or just a sunday walker looking for fresh air who loves exploring the structure and form of the landscape or just someone who appreciates their visual appeal, the Sausset Park is your park paradise. Discover the Sausset Park flowers, plants and wildlife with its clearings, meadows and wetlands and the limestone hillside where each zone has a fauna and flora characteristic. Enjoy its finest ornamental gardening squares full of beauty and colors where visitors can journey through interconnecting gardens, woods and marshes, each one coming into its own in different seasons.
Sausset Park include a 47 acre terrain of mixed woodland and pasture with fields and paths and lanes surmounted by tall thick hedgerows of cereals and arable weeds plants which endeavor to conserve, preserve and enhance agricultural and genetic resources. Take a step into the old rural and agricultural activities of early times, the life-recycle of weeds that fits into that of cereals, a tolerance of simple weed control method for a better harvest.
This bocage area is home and food to birds and rodents and field mice in these rural areas. Predators such as foxes, weasels and owls and others are thus attracted by this small bocage world.
Witness the rural aspect of the old world disciplines, the role of chemical compounds as mediators of interaction between living species, whether animals or plants and cereals. Look at the insect plant interaction related to olfaction, how for example an insect recognizes a plant, or how a bigger predator senses the smaller one from a certain distance through olfaction.
The visitor’s center “la Maison du Parc” is open every afternoon and proposes different activities all through the year in the park. Free weekends of entertainment for adult and children are organized during summer times. Ask for free information leaflets of all the nature exhibitions and games in the park
RER: Villepinte station on line RER B, direct access to the park du Sausset. Parking is in the immediate area of the park