The Polygon Wood Peace Forest is more than a forest. It is a place that reminds us of the horrific events of the First World War. Each of the 519 standing trees in the wood commemorates a known fallen soldier who found his final resting place in one of Polygon Wood’s two cemeteries. All soldiers can be found via this link using the keyword ‘Peace Forest’..

The rose

The Peace Monument carries within it the message that peace triumphs over war… this is symbolised by the rose that will soon overgrow/soften the barbed wire – made of 1918 metres of strip steel.

Memorial trees

The five memorial trees around this monument refer to the countries involved: Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. These 5 memorial trees were planted during the inauguration by representatives of those countries involved.


“The Peace Wood is indicated on several information boards and can be reached via the Legacy Walk “Polygon Wood” that starts from the parking lot at CWGC Polygon Wood Cemetery.”

Practical info

  • Can go with a guide
  • Free

Address information

Longitude: 50.8509831
Latitude: 2.9925369

T: 0032 (0)51 77 04 41


  • Zonnebeke
  • Monuments
  • On the move
  • WWI


Scott Post Estimated distance: 0.43 Km
Polygoonbos (Polygon Wood) Estimated distance: 0.47 Km
Buttes New British Cemetery Estimated distance: 0.52 Km