Sonian Forest gains new woodland reserve

In the summer, the Sonian Forest was expanded to include a new woodland reserve. Le Ticton covers almost 23 hectares and lies in a protected area of the forest, near the Terhulpen castle. From now on nature will be allowed to take its course there.


© Michele Martinon

Le Ticton is the setting for the symbol of the Sonian Forest: the majestic beech cathedral formed by 40 metre-high, centuries-old trees. In order to retain this exceptional natural area and stimulate biodiversity, the Walloon Region decided to set up the woodland reserve. This decision was made on the initiative of the Walloon minister for nature René Collin.

New shoots

Nature is left to its own devices in Le Ticton. After a while, the oldest trees will fall of their own accord and create space and nutrients for new shoots. Other plants and animals will be delighted with the old wood, which provides a source of nutrition for them. Aside from removing invasive species, Le Ticton will be left to its own devices. In a zone of 50 metres along the paths and roads, trees that are threatening to fall will be chopped down.


The woodland reserve fits into the close collaboration around the Sonian Forest between the Walloon, Flemish and Brussels Capital Regions. Le Ticton is managed by the Walloon Département de la Nature et des Forêts. It also forms part of the dossier to have the Sonian Forest recognised as a Unesco world heritage site.