A cycle path with respect for the forest
The Corten steel pillars are situated at varying intervals of 1, 2 and 3 metres apart and symbolise the straight trunks of the fir trees, ensuring that the structure fits beautifully into the environment. The Pijnven woods largely consist of coniferous trees, planted at the beginning of the last century to produce wood for the mining industry. As the mines were closed, the trees were never felled. We are now trying to improve this situation with a tailor-made woodland management plan. We are giving smaller indigenous trees at the lower levels of the forest more space and light so they can grow. In this way, we are working step by step to create healthy and balanced forest resources with small, medium-sized and tall trees.
Close to the entrance to Cycling through the Trees is a cycle pavilion, which serves as a rest and information point for cyclists and walkers. The pavilion is built from two Corten steel frames with logs stacked around them. These logs come from the trees that were felled to make room for the cycle bridge.
Cycling through the Trees is a project by Visit Limburg in conjunction with the Province of Limburg, LSM, Visit Flanders, the municipality of Hechtel-Eksel, the Flemish government’s Nature and Woodland Agency (ANB) and Bosland.