Flanders & Wallonia, Belgium

Wilderness Schools

Planting trees for a sustainable legacy

Miyawaki Method

This initiative will create a sustainable legacy of four outdoor classrooms across Belgium: two in Flanders and two in Wallonie.

Schoolchildren will learn about the importance of conservation, biodiversity, and ecosystem through interactive learning activities. An emphasis on awareness about environmental issues and sustainable practices offering education, nourishment, and inspiration.

This project, as a whole, draws an indelible connection between hundreds of students and nature, supporting their wellness for many years to come.

Forest Maker Herman & Nicolas








Forest Partner

“The forest is like the brain of children, when seeds are sown there, ideas blossom abundantly.”

Sylvain Tilman, Director of the school Saint-Joseph-aux-Champs


Site 1/4

Leefschool De Wollewei

With its two lobes, this forest will be woven into the physical - and educational fabric - of Leefschool De Wollewei. It will bring ecological richness to the biodiversity desert that is currently the school grounds, whilst also serving as a resource that supports the curriculum, as well as the wellbeing of students.

The area of the future SUGi Pocket Forest
The site of Leefschool De Wollewei in Flanders, Belgium

Site 2/4

GO! Atheneum Geraardsbergen

This pocket forest will provide a smooth transition from the domestic context to the school situation. “Learning Leaves” will become a learning ground for our children, our citizen scientists, where they can experience the cycles of life at first hand.

The area of the future SUGi Pocket Forest
The site of GO! Atheneum Geraardsbergen in Flanders, Belgium

Site 3/4

Ecole Saint-Joseph-aux-Champs

The school owns a one-hectare plot of land currently used for hay production. As part of the "School Outdoors" initiative, the desire to restore biodiversity, and a participatory project with the children, the Miyawaki forest is being considered as the cornerstone of a broad and ambitious long-term educational project involving the school community.

The area of the future SUGi Pocket Forest
The site of Ecole Saint-Joseph-aux-Champs in Wallonia, Belgium

Site 4/4

Ecole Internationale Le Verseau

This is an ambitious school seeking to tackle the ecological crisis head on. The nearby highway is a concern, and the hope is that the forest not only brings tranquility, nourishment, and educational value to the school community, but also improves local air quality. This is a forest to support  both mental and physical health.

The area of the future SUGi Pocket Forest
The site of Ecole Internationale Le Verseau in Wallonia, Belgium

Native species selection:

The European Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) is a majestic deciduous tree native to Europe. With its tall stature and graceful branches, it stands as a symbol of strength and beauty. It holds a vital place in European ecosystems.
The Silver Birch (Betula pendula) is a slender and elegant deciduous tree native to Europe and parts of Asia. Standing tall with its distinctive white bark that peels in thin strips, it adds a touch of grace to landscapes.
The Common Hazel (Corylus avellana), a captivating deciduous shrub, brings nature’s magic to life across Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It’s known for its edible nuts, which are enclosed in a protective husk.
The Common Holly (Ilex aquifolium) is a charismatic evergreen shrub, native to Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. Its glossy, spiky leaves and vibrant red berries make it a symbol of winter and festive cheer.

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