The Forest of Sonian in Brussels

The Forest of Sonia is dotted with Oaks and European Beech

The Forest of Sonia is dotted with Oaks and European Beech | Photo credit: Donarreiskoffer/wikimedia

The Forest of Sonian Overview

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The Forest of Sonian is a forest which is spread over 4,421 hectares and is located on the outskirts of Brussels. In the early days the forest was used as a hunting ground by the nobility, but today it is open to the general public.

Presently the forest consists of Oaks and European Beech and many of the trees are more than 200 years old. Because of human infiltration into the forest, there has been a reduction in the flora and fauna over time and some plants and animals have also gone extinct.

The forest also contains a monastery where nuns and monks live and meditate, including a convent for Benedictine Nuns and a house of Cisterician Nuns.

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