Permission for public events must be requested. Please send your request with a description of the activity, the date, the route and the number of participants via the contact form.  We will put you in touch with the relevant forest manager.

Gathering wood is not permitted in the Sonian Forest. After all, dead wood fulfils a crucial function in the forest’s ecosystem. The presence of dead wood maintains the health and diversity of the woods.


Yes, the wood from the Sonian Forest has been awarded sustainable forestry management certificates. Flanders and Brussels selected the FSC certificate; the Walloon Region opted for a PEFC certificate.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-profit organization founded in 1993 by forest owners, timber and paper companies, social organizations and environmental groups. FSC strives for responsible forestry management in accordance with strict social, ecological and economic criteria.

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC) is a non-governmental, environmental organisation which is active worldwide in the certification of sustainable forestry management.

The FSC and PEFC labels or claims on a timber or paper product guarantee that the product originates from responsibly managed forests. The use of the FSC and PEFC labels is subject to strict regulations and controls.

More info: www.fsc.bewww.pefc.be

Just as elsewhere, you can call 100 or 112 if you are involved in an accident in the Sonian Forest. Do consider the fact that your mobile phone connectivity decreases the further you are from the perimeter of the forest.

Theft can be reported in the nearest police station.

Click here to find the nearest police stations in the neighbourhood of the Sonian Forest.

You can cast your line in the Sonian Forest at these spots:

Putsel Pond and Linden Pond (Groenendaal) and Vossem Pond (Tervuren). In order to enjoy fishing in these waters, you must have a fishing licence. You can purchase one in any post office or order one online. More information about the fishing regulations can be found at  www.visverlof.be .

Pond 3 of the Rouge-Cloître Abbey: For permission to fish in Pond 3 of the Rouge-Cloître Abbey, please contact the Société centrale pour la protection de la pêche fluviale (Central Society for the Protection of the Fluvial Fish)

No, starting fires is strictly forbidden in the Sonian Forest.

No, picking flowers and mushrooms is not permitted in the forest. Every plant, no matter how small, fulfils a crucial role in the ecosystem of the Sonian Forest.

Dogs must always remain on their leashes in the Sonian Forest. They may only run freely in the dog zones. Pet owners are always responsible for their own dogs. You can find all the information on the different dog zones here

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