Towards a multifunctional and natural valley for the Kapittelbeek
The Kapittelbeek (a local creek) has its source in the nearby forest (Hallerbos Natura2000). The valley of this creek is a natural corridor between this forest and the downstream area of the Molenbeek (a larger stream). The valley is surrounded by agricultural fields and a housing district. The Kappitelbeek has lost its capacity for water retention as it has been artificially straightened, and therefore frequent flooding occurs at moments of heavy rain. Erosion from the surrounding fields is also a problem. Historically valuable orchards have become rare in this landscape.
This area will be redeveloped in a multifunctional way. The water course will be redeveloped to create a more natural meandering to limit downstream flooding. A number of ecological measures will be developed in the valley such as transforming agricultural land into natural grassland and planting of trees (forest expansion). Equally orchards will be planted for local fruit picking and erosion will be tackled. This project will also create common green areas in the housing district, in cooperation with the inhabitants.