What is it you do?
"The centre offers an insight into every aspect of the Belgian rail network thanks to an extensive collection of rail-related items and tools from the past, including rail workers’ uniforms and caps, posters and photographs, and reconstructions of settings typical of the period. But Jemelle is also a village built of and on limestone, and home to the firm of Lhoist, which has been producing lime here since 1924. Beneath the soil of this region lies a treasure trove for anyone keen to learn more about geology, and the rocks, fossils and minerals to be found here."
What prompted you to seek "Famenne-Ardenne UNESCO Global Geopark Partner" status?
"Becoming a Famenne-Ardenne UNESCO Global Geopark partner means raising the profile of this region, with its abundance of natural and cultural treasures. It means boosting tourism and economic development for the region and all its partners. It is also a way of recognizing and protecting our natural and cultural heritage."
What is your approach to sustainable development and environment friendly practices?
"Like any good citizen, we make sure to sort our waste and have installed LED lighting in part of the centre. Every year we hold an Open Day for the residents of Jemelle and the local area.For our breakfasts, we work with a master baker in Jemelle, and we give pride of place to local products (from the Trappiste brewery in Rochefort, the Lesse brewery, etc.) among the drinks on sale in the bar. We are also in the process of applying for the 'Bikes Welcome' label."
Sandrine Bolle, Centre Rail et Pierre coordinator
11, rue de Ninove
84 22 36 01