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The larches of Balavaux

The biggest larch trees of Europe !
From the lake at Tracouet, accessible by cable car it takes a walker half an hour to reach the alpine region of Balavaux with its famous larch trees. The larch tree particularly likes sun and for it to develop fully it needs around a hundred or so days of sunshine per year. It can withstand dry conditions as easily as frost but does not like misty and humid conditions. If it’s habitat enables it to live freely, it can assume giant proportions, which is the case for the larch trees at Balavaux.

The entire pasture area contains more than 250 trees aged between 300 to 1000 years. They are classed amongst some of the biggest larch trees in Europe. One particular tree, with a circumference of 14,6m, perhaps holds first place! Towards the end of the 70’s, in order to rejuvenate the tree population, around a million young trees were planted, as being a pasture there is very little natural regeneration. In the autumn the larch trees maintain their sunny habitat. The old cheese cave of the alpine region of Balavaux dates back to 1761.
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