Boite à outils

Sabatier Slag Heap


site sabatier©Samuel Dhote

Located by the edge of the forest, the two slag heaps of the old Sabatier pit provide unique environments and provide a clear space in an area dominated by dense woody vegetation. It thus offers a suitable base for certain pioneer species usually absent from forests. Small ponds, located at the foot of the slag heaps, are home to amphibians and odonates.



jardins aquatiques - sabatier





les jardins aquatiques





 Slag heaps as refuges for fauna

Resulting from activities at the Sabatier pit, the slag heap was built up from 1913 onwards. A conical slag heap, it has retained its original characteristics. From its summit, the beech and oak forest of Raismes stretches out as far as the eye can see. It is home to woody vegetation (birch, poplar) as well as rich and varied fauna and flora, including the Old World swallowtail butterfly and the blue-winged grasshopper.


maison de la forêt 

The Forest Centre

Situated at the entrance to the site, the role of the Forest Centre is to teach school children and the general public about the environment and its protection. The building houses a permanent exhibition which presents Sabatier forest and mining site and explains its history.

This Park facility is open all year round, by reservation for groups: from April to October for individual visitors: Wednesdays, Sundays and public holidays, and during school holidays from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm.

The site is accessible from Raismes leisure base via Drève de la Fosse and Pavé de la Princesse.

Sabatier mining and forest site interpretive trail

Sentier d'interprétation  du site minier et forestier de Sabatier

Interactive maps