In 1854 the Malakoff Tower was built by Paul Claes, the then Mayor of Lembeek. Later, material from the widening of the Brussels-Charleroi Canal was used to increase the size of the meadow in which the Tower stands.
The old Icehouse is now an ideal place for bats to overwinter. In 2007 it was awarded the environmental prize by the province of Vlaams-Brabant. It was fitted out by volunteers from the Bat Working Group West-Brabant with the support of the city of Halle and the Agency for Nature and Forest, the owner and administrator of the area.
Hay making takes place one a year on the lawns. The part of the forest along the Dr. Spitaelslaan is thinned every eight years. The last thinning was in 2015. The rest of the area is left alone as much as possible. There are plans to remove the sludge (24,000 m³) to clean the meanders in 2014 and to restore one of the ponds as a fishing pond. There are plans to construct a bird watching wall in the natural area.