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Archaeologists discover underground room below Groenendaal priory

While researching the former Augustinian priory at Groenendaal, archaeologists stumbled upon an unknown underground room. Further research should now reveal what the room was used for in the Middle Ages.

© ODIN / Archeopro

© ODIN / Archeopro

In 1343, three canons from the Brussels Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula founded the Augustinian priory at Groenendaal. To this very day several buildings are testament to its devout past: the historic farm that now houses the Bosmuseum Jan Van Ruusbroec (Forest Museum), the remains of the priory church, the Classical coach house and the building to house the staff from 1783, where the Government of Flanders has an office. It now appears that the site concealed another room below ground.

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Wildlife crossing needs a name

The die has been cast: In 2017, the new wildlife crossing over the Brussels Ring will be constructed approximately 2 kilometres south of the Groenendaal Bridge. Its final design has also already been decided. The only thing still missing for this work of art is a name. Will you help us find one?

© Witteveen + Bos

© Witteveen + Bos

The wildlife crossing is the flagship of the LIFE+ OZON Project. In this European project, forest managers from the three Belgian regions work together with the road administrators, the cities of Hoeilaart and Overijse and the Environment, Nature and Energy Department to implement far-reaching defragmentation of the forest.

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Ganzepootvijver Car Park returning to nature

Starting from Tuesday, 26 August, the car park at the Ganzepootvijver in Groenendaal will be permanently closed to all traffic. From then on, visitors can leave their cars 500 metres down the road at the ‘Poort Groenendaal’ Car Park between the Bosmuseum Jan van Ruusbroec and the Hippo-Droom Bed&Breakfast.

© Anoushka Kuijsters

© Anoushka Kuijsters

The Ganzepootvijver Car Park is being given back to nature. The asphalt will be torn up and removed, and grassland will be sown. Soon, salamanders and frogs from the adjacent pond will be seeking shelter there, too.

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