Hallerbos is a famous forest in Halle, near Brussels. The forest, which is shared by both Flanders and Wallonia, is known for its blue carpets which are on display as soon as the wild bluebells bloom in spring.
Known from 686 the forest has witnessed the rich history of the place. It was owned by different families from different countries. During the World War I most of the forest trees were removed by Germans. In 1929 the forest become property of the Belgian State. During the following 20 years the Hallerbos is reforested. That is the reason of why the forest looks young.
We visited Hallerbos on the Catholic Easter 2015. We hoped to see the famous bluebells, but it is too early. Spring is late in Belgium this year.
Instead we could admire some wild daffodils and white wild anemones.
With their dark central trumpet and their long and strong green leaves, the Hallerbos’s wild daffodils were in their last days.
This year’s wild bluebells are expected to bloom at the end of April. We will go there again to see this year’s blue carpet. It would be for the first time when we will see the blue sky down on the ground.
We were impressed with the forest management, which proves that the Belgians value their green heritage. The forest management includes teaching activities for both children and adults. Educational walks with specialised guides are organised upon request.
We look forward to seeing the blue Hallerbos to somehow make it up for Belgium’s too grey sky.