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Archive 2015 old picture with my bicycle path through the forest.

In 1242 Countess Johanna Van Constantinople and Count Thomas of Savoy donated or sold the rugged heathlands of the Maldegemveld to three different abbeys. The abbey of the Norbertines of Drongen, the St. Bavo's Abbey in Ghent and the abbey Ter Doest in Lissewege.

The reclamation of these wastelands was difficult and only reached cruising speed under the rule of abbot De Stoop in 1740. This abbot abandoned the plan to turn the Maldegemveld into an agricultural area, which proved impossible due to the hard clay soil. He had the lanes, which are still there today, constructed for forest clearing according to a checkerboard motif. In 1746 he built the new Drongengoedhoeve. The evidence for this can still be read in the two coats of arms above the gate. On the one hand, the saying of the Abbey of Drongen: vita brevis (life is short), on the other hand the personal coat of arms of abbot De Stoop: corda juncta cordibus (let the hearts be united). The farm and the area fell into private hands after the French revolution. From then on, the forest will gradually make way for agricultural land.In 1955, in the midst of the Cold War, NATO constructed an airfield in the middle of the Drongengoedbos to repel possible attacks from the Soviet bloc. In practice, the airport quickly became a reserve airport, and this until 1993. After 1993 it became the property of the Belgian army, which used it as a training field and training area, and rents it out for private use.

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