The forest yesterday and today

The Gâvre forest is the largest National forest in Brittany."Gavre" comes from the Celtic-Breton word "GAOR" which means goat or deer which, by mutation, became "gavr". Property of the counts of Nantes in the eleventh century, this forest became the estate of the Dukes of Brittany; then a Royal Forest by the reunion of Brittany with ‘France’ following the wedding of Anne of Brittany with Charles VIII, December 6, 1491. After the Revolution, it became public. It is worth noting that until 1830, over a third of the forest (1700 ha) was devoted to agriculture as "grazing land." residents of Gavre had common grazing rights and indeed for several centuries, the population of Gâvre lived off the forest. They were loggers, hewers, carters, clog makers, coalmen, circlers, suppliers of bark for tanneries .
The forest has adapted to the needs of society. First a refuge and place of hunting and gathering for man; it provided heating and timber, and then marine wood to build the ships in the military ports of Nantes, Brest and Lorient; it provided a source of energy for forges, glass factories and tanneries as industry developed.
Made up half of hardwoods (sessile oak, beech, service tree, cherry) and half of softwood (pine, Maritime and Corsican pine), the management of the forest today has 3 objectives to: protect this sensitive and fragile natural environment , produce quality timber and welcome the public in partnership with the County Council 44.
Promenons-nous dans les bois !
Promenons-nous dans les bois !
Maison de la forêt du Gâvre
Maison de la forêt du Gâvre

For all information about Forest of Gâvre and to organise outings: Visit the Forestry Center!

This fun area, which has a tourism quality certificate, will help you discover different aspects of the Gâvre Forest: biodiversity, forest management, wood crafts, local history ... Throughout the year different nature discovery outings are organised (reserve in advance) and tailor made visits, talks and guided tours can be organised for groups on request. Groups: all year by reservation, animated forest outings, lectures and guided tours of the Forest Center Museum are all possible.