Let’s keep the wood from the Sonian forest local!

Passionate about local wood

We are connecting the dots between the Sonian Forest and the woodworking community.

EN

The Sonian Wood Coop works with forest owners, sawmills, carpenters and other partners to keep the wood from the Sonian Forest as local as possible.

We consider the Sonian Forest as a common good that needs to be managed with respect and responsibility. To create a local alternative to the export of Sonian wood to Asia, the cooperative was launched in 2019. The mission of the Sonian Wood Coop is to relocate the transformation of the wood from the Sonian Forest.

FR

La Sonian Wood Coop travaille avec des propriétaires forestiers, des scieries, des charpentiers et d’autres partenaires pour garder le bois de la forêt de Sonian aussi local que possible.

Nous considérons la forêt de Soignes comme un bien commun qui doit être géré avec respect et responsabilité. Afin de créer une alternative locale à l’exportation de bois de la forêt de Soignes vers l’Asie, la coopérative a été lancée en 2019. La mission de la Sonian Wood Coop est de rélocaliser la transformation du bois de la forêt de Soignes.

NL

De Sonian Wood Cooperative werkt samen met boseigenaars, zagerijen, timmerlieden en andere partners om het hout uit het Zoniënwoud zo lokaal mogelijk te houden.

We beschouwen het Zoniënwoud als een gemeenschappelijk goed (commons) dat met respect en verantwoordelijkheid beheerd moet worden. Om een ​​lokaal alternatief te creëren voor de export van het Zoniënhout naar Azië, werd de coöperatie opgericht in 2019. De missie van de Sonian Wood Coop. is om de transformatie van het hout uit het Zoniënwoud te herlokaliseren.

What’s new at the Sonian Wood Coop?

  • Urban wood movement shows way to resilience
    You can add the forestry sector to the long list of industries that have received a hard blow from the Covid-19 disaster. Less visible than closed cafés and restaurants, many companies in the business of converting trees into usable lumber have also been … Read more
  • Wood in the sawmill
    Wood in the sawmill EN Converting trees into usable timber is a long process demanding know-how, equipment…and above all patience. We are fortunate to work with two Belgian sawmills mastering the conversion of broadleaf wood into planks and boards. We also benefit from … Read more
  • Coop now officially registered
    Coop now officially registered EN It was an unusual launch party on May 1 when members of the Urban Ecology Centre Brussels, Walden Project and Osmos celebrated the official launch of the Sonian Wood Coop. on-line. A first milestone has been reached: the … Read more
  • CIVA Talk + Exhibition cancelled
    CIVA Talk + Exhibition cancelled EN The 30th of March was supposed to be a very special day for the Sonian Wood Coop. We were hoping to have our first public talk with an award-winning architect and a forest manager at the CIVA. … Read more
  • The first trees that we will keep local !
    The first trees that we will keep local ! Today, we are very pleased to tell you that the Sonian Wood Coop is one step further. The 25 m³ of beech wood that we have bought will not be going to Asia! Aujourd’hui, … Read more
  • Bring in the experts
    Bring in the experts EN Towards the end of the month of February we were able to meet with experts Michel Bauwens, Laura Vanhué, Thomas Deridder and Thomas Derwal to discuss the legal and organisational aspects of  the cooperative. A big thank you … Read more

Voices from our community

Photos: Ahu Yigit

“Ma quête c’est de revenir à un art de bâtir beaucoup plus simple…”     Céline, architecte

“On ne peut plus continuer à gaspiller des matériaux et à en importer d’autres de l’autre côté du monde. On doit se ressourcer dans un environnement proche.”     Aria, designer

“Votre projet va montrer que cette belle forêt peut faire travailler des gens à Bruxelles,  faire ces actions dans la capitale, servira d’exemple à tout le pays…”     Félicien, scierie

“On a des réserves en Belgique, pourquoi aller chercher si loin? (…) on doit utiliser ce qu’on a ici, proche de nous…” Clément, menuisier

“Als je meubels koopt, weet je niet waar het hout vandaan komt, dat is zorgwekkend!”     Esther, klant