King Charlemagne Forest
Restoring ancestral forest in a dense village community.
The creation of a Miyawaki forest, in Pontisse, Belgium, will be the last piece in a 50 year community project; a church, a school, a gymnasium, a public garden, a bicycle trail amongst other things!
Our children started to plant trees, shrubs and flowers with their families. Yet, they are eager to create their own forest! Our goal is to restore a piece of ‘King Charlemagne's Forest’. By doing so we hope to regenerate natural forests benefiting our communities, animals, climate and the planet.
Forest Maker Nicolas de Brabandère
“Times are changing. After years of heavy industry in the neighbourhood, we are working with a keen local community to bring back a thriving piece of ancestral forest. Nature is making a comeback in our lives. We are creating forest habitat for our birds, amazing bugs, mushrooms and butterflies. We are much better with it. ”
— Nicolas de Brabandère, Urban Forests
Planting a forest at King Charlemagne will:
- Bring a village together
- Create habitat for wildlife
- Provide an educational platform for the students
- Restore biodiversity so we hear the birds singing again
- Inspire the neighbourhood
“The project in Pontisse, Belgium, aims to restore ‘King Charlemagne's Forest’. By doing so we hope to regenerate natural forests benefiting our communities, animals, climate and the planet.”
— Edmond Moreau, President of the Tremplin Gymnasium
Charlemagne (746-814), king of the Franks and emperor of the christian occidental empire had a leisure castle built close to our village in Herstal, Belgium. Written sources acknowledge 13 royals staying in the castle with the main purposes to reign, but also to relax by hunting into the surrounding woods ! Until the XIXth century the inhabitants of our village were called ‘Les bleus dès bwes’, the wolves of the woods !
Since those ancient times, those woods were unfortunately replaced by industrial zonings and highways.