Grobbendonk (BE)

GROBBENDONK

Grobbendonk

Beschrijving

LOCATION + COORDINATES

Grobbendonk (BE)

Fen restoration: 51°11'24.0"N, 4°42'8.50"E (Google Maps: 51.190007, 4.702368)

Heathland restoration: 51°11'17.10"N, 4°41'37.30"E (Google Maps: 51.188085, 4.693703)

CATEGORY

Demonstration sites for permanent natural water retention

Demonstration sites for infiltration restoration through forest conversion

DESCRIPTION SITE

The Grobbendonk site, is part of a 70 ha forest, near a drink water abstraction site of Pidpa. The fen, heathland relicts, recently restored heathland and pine plantations lie within the catchment of the river Nete. To maximise the infiltration capacity of the Grobbendonk abstraction site, Pidpa will restore the fen to its original size (Ferraris map of 1771), shape and condition, in collaboration with Regionaal Landschap Kleine en Grote Nete. The restored fen will store more water and allow slow release of the water to the underground throughout the year (buffering against drought spells as well as floods). Pidpa will also convert pine plantation to heathland, a European target habitat, historically present in the area. The high interception pine plantations have a low infiltration capacity, compared to the ecologically valuable and low interception heathland. 

MEASURES

Restore the fen to its original size, shape and condition

Convert high interception pine tree forest into low interception heathland

Timing

2019 - 2022

Budget

 € 354 855 in TOTAL for the Grobbendonk and Oostmalle investment sites

Partners

Pidpa

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