The Polygoonbos (Polygon Forest) is located on the Mid-West Flemish ridge. It is a paradise for people and animals. Children can romp around in the play area. You can take lovely walks along the beautiful avenues. This forest is also the place to be to spot many animals: birds of prey, hares, foxes, … . After all, it is one of the most important breeding places in the region for birds of prey. At night, bats watch over the forest. In turn, the ponds are the ideal biotope for frogs, salamanders and dragonflies.


In our region, World War I is never far away. This serene setting is home to the Buttes New British Cemetery. Across the street is the smaller Polygon Wood Cemetery. Tucked deep in the greenery, you’ll even discover remnants of some bunkers: Scott Post and the New Zealand Bunkers.

Pinch of history

The Polygoon forest is a remnant of a large forest that was once owned by the Augustinian abbey of Zonnebeke and the Benedictine abbey of the Nonnebossen. In the 19th century, it was already being used by the military and a shooting range was built and a large horse race track was established. During the first year of the war, the front ran aground here. The Germans built bunkers and shelters here. In 1917, this site was taken by the 1st Australian Division and the 5th Australian Division.

In the forest, which today is ecologically managed by the Agency for Nature and Forests, some bunkers remain as reminders of the Great War.

Practical info

  • Free
  • Park your car in the new spacious car park on the corner of Citernestraat & Lange Dreve
  • Like to visit with your kids? Then discover our mystery treasure hunt, more info at the tourist office
  • Download a map of the Polygoonbos here
  • Download here the brochure of the Polygoonbos

Address information

Lange Dreve 5
8980 Zonnebeke

0032 (0)51 77 04 41


  • Zonnebeke
  • On the move
  • WWI


Scott Post Estimated distance: 0.18 Km
New Zealand Bunkers Estimated distance: 0.28 Km
Peace Forest Estimated distance: 0.47 Km