The Capuchin Forest and the Arboretum of Tervuren are managed by the Royal Trust (Koninklijke Schenking, Donation Royale, Königliche Schenkung), a state body to some extent comparable to the Crown Estate in the UK. This was arranged following a settlement that King Leopold II reached at the end of his life with the Belgian State regarding a very large private patrimony, which also included the domain in Tervuren.
The Arboretum of Tervuren, and by extension the Capuchin Wood, are an important part of the public patrimony of the Royal Trust. Since its inception, the Royal Trust has benefited from stable and competent management, and this has certainly contributed to the preservation and steady development of the arboretum.
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