Brussels-based communication agency Sustainability Consult is a member of the international alliance '1% for the Planet'. Through this initiative, more than 1400 companies worldwide donate 1% of their profit to projects for environmental protection and preservation.
They established a partnership with the Belgian NGO Natuurpunt, as it works with nature preservation in Brussels and the region of Flanders. The joint project is a new signposted footpath in the Steentjesbos, a 47 hectare forest in Kampenhout. This unique piece of natural beauty outside Brussels is a vital link in a larger network of sites, mostly large forest complexes, significant for the preservation of local biodiversity.
The site is property of the social services of Mechelen, but Natuurpunt exploits the facilities. The NGO will manage the construction works of the sponsored new infrastructure. Next to the new footpath, Sustainability Consult invests in a playground for kids, signposts and rest areas along the trail.
"Steentjesbos will become more appealing to families and people who come from the city and like to spend time in nature." says Petra Beeckx from Natuurpunt . "We're delighted to collaborate with an international company from Brussels that wants to consciously invest in the region's natural treasures.”
The Steentjesbos is part of a series of regional forests like the Hellebos-Rotbos, the Weisetterbos, the Schiplakenbos and the Vriezenbroek. It's name origins from the old footpaths being paved with debris from ancient Gallo-Roman premises.