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The forest of El Paular in the heart of the Sierra de Guadarrama

– An example of private management since 1840 –

Natural site “los Belgas”

An ecological jewel in Rascafría steeped in history

Rascafría (Madríd)
More than 2000 hectares
Altitude: 1.300m. – 1.840m.
Black vulture and other protected species
More than 1,000,000 trees
(Scots pine, oak, holly, yew…)
ZEPA ES0000057 – High Lozoya
ZEC ES3110002 – Lozoya river basin and Sierra Norte
The National Park of Guadarrama:

  • An Area for Conservation and the Maintenance of Traditional Uses
  • The National Park’s area of socio-economic influence (in the Community of Madrid)
  • Peripheral Protection Area

El Pinar de los Belgas (Monte Cabeza de Hierro) in Rascafría is a favourite haunt for many people who seek to reconnect with nature. Every day, its tracks and paths are traversed by people eager to enjoy its landscape, flora, wild-life, peace and quiet and the peacefulness provided by the waters of the river Lozoya.

Many of them are unaware that these forests have been developing a Sustainable Forestry Management Model for almost 200 years now, enjoying an exceptional state of conservation, and bordering on the National Park of Guadarrama. A management style that has kept it looking beautiful and enjoyable in a way that is totally compatible with the suitable management of its forestry resources.

Since 1840, the Sociedad Anónima Belga de los Pinares de El Paular, a private enterprise, has maintained this ecological jewel where Scots pine prevails, although it is also populated by holly trees, Pyrenean oak or yews, and is also home to one of the largest black vulture colonies in Spain. A gateway to a natural paradise that needs the support of each and every one of us in order to continue to boast its splendour.

We open the door to 180 years of history.

Conservation at the service of society

El Pinar de los Belgas is a prodigious natural space that delivers multiple ecosystem services. It helps to offset climate change by absorbing and fixing the CO2 from the atmosphere. It protects and regulates the hydrological cycle of the river Lozoya, which provides Madrid with its drinking water, and it is a major producer of forestry resources and generates economic and social benefits.

A huge green space open for society to use and enjoy. For this reason, everyone is responsible for caring for it and for respecting it in order to conserve the values it harbours.

Agua de Lozoya

On the waterway

El Pinar de los Belgas is the headwater of the Lozoya Valley basin. Together with the water from the massif of Peñalara, its ice-fields produce a large part of the water that runs into the river Lozoya. The Scots pine grove’s key role in the retention and the flow of water is decisive in the regulation of its hydrological cycle.

The water of Lozoya runs through granite soils, meaning that it picks up hardly any sediment and is very soft. It is known to be one of the best waters in the peninsula on account of its superior quality for human consumption.

Wood

A sustainable forestry resource

The Sociedad Belga Pinares de El Paular has been extracting timber from el Pinar de los Belgas for more than 160 years. For years, this activity has been pivotal in conserving the forest.

Wood is an unbeatable natural material by dint of its versatility and technical qualities for building. It is an organic, ecological and living material that can regulate the moisture in the air, creating healthy and comfortable environments.

Using timber that comes from woodland with sustainable forestry management is the best way to look after our woodland. CONSUMING WOOD means INVESTING IN OUR WOODLAND.

Wood

A sustainable forestry resource

The Sociedad Belga Pinares de El Paular has been extracting timber from el Pinar de los Belgas for more than 160 years. For years, this activity has been pivotal in conserving the forest.

Wood is an unbeatable natural material by dint of its versatility and technical qualities for building. It is an organic, ecological and living material that can regulate the moisture in the air, creating healthy and comfortable environments.

Using timber that comes from woodland with sustainable forestry management is the best way to look after our woodland. CONSUMING WOOD means INVESTING IN OUR WOODLAND.

You have a role to play in this story

United for the forests

More than 60% of woodland in Spain is private-owned. A large part of it, such as el Pinar de los Belgas, is subject to rights of way and uses that have historically provided services and great benefits to the surrounding communities.

The boom in active tourism and the rediscovery of nature is generating enormous recreational pressure on natural environments, sometimes compromising their fragile environmental equilibrium. Forestry owners are finding it difficult to cope with the new challenges. el Pinar de los Belgas would like to invite you to collaborate.

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