An evening at CIVA dedicated to the Sonian Forest and its wood.

The forest of Soignes has always been a precious resource: firewood, timber, hunting. In addition to being a prestigious hunting property, there were times when the Forêt de Soignes generated ¼ of the income of our sovereigns through the sale of wood. Today our cathedral beech grove is a source of leisure and the green lung of Brussels. Couldn’t the carbon stock represented by its wood endure through furniture and local architecture? This is what the * Sonian Wood Cooperative * is all about. As the forestry industry has maintained a centuries-old practice of auctioning timber, thousands of m³ of timber are shipped annually to the port of Antwerp and transported to Asia, part of which will return to Europe, sawn or in the form of furniture. How to successfully use this healthy, sustainable and noble material locally rather than exporting it?

The talk on October 22 2020 will bring together Claire Billen (historian of the Sonian Forest), Frederik Vaes (forest manager at Brussels Environment), Thierry Decuypere (architect) and Stephan Kampelmann (Sonian Wood Coop). Moderated by Serge Kempeneers.

From Sonian Forest to Local Wood

In addition to this we will also present an exhibition of portraits, taken by Ahu Yigit, a Brussels based photographer, to show the faces of the numerous actors that will work with, and value the Sonian Wood.

Practical info

Thursday 22 October 2020 at 19:00

Rue de l’Ermitage Kluis 55, 1050 Ixelles

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