Near Biscarrosse, at , there is the CEL (national test centre) from which numerous French military rockets have been launched for test purposes. Likewise, the CEL has facilities for launching civilian rockets to study the upper atmosphere.
Near the town centre, outside the Café de l'orme, there is what is believed to be the oldest elm tree in the World. Planted in 1350, this Smooth-leafed Elm Ulmus minor subsp. minor has almost certainly survived because of its isolation from disease-carrying Scolytus beetles. The tree is now a wreck, the trunk, 3 m in diameter, is completely hollow, supporting just a few heavily-pollarded branches Legend has it that girls deemed promiscuous were forced to stand naked upon a barrel beneath the tree for a day. One unfortunate, unjustly accused, died of shame, the tree annually producing a corona of blanched leaves in her memory.
Travel: France - the Lake in the Landes with the Unlikely Name the Lake of Biscarrosse-Parentis Is Dotted with Oil Platforms and Seaplanes Buzz Overhead, but It's Also a Kind of Paradise
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