Lynford Arboretum is a popular place for quiet recreation. It is noted for its variety of bird life, spring flowers and autumn fungi.
Collection of trees
The Arboretum contains many interesting trees for example mature Norway Spruce usually only seen as a Christmas tree, Chinese Fir and Serbian Spruce which is extremely rare in the wild. It has been calculated that the ancient oak tree planted in the south of the Arboretum was planted in 1671 and therefore would have been a substantial specimen when Lynford Hall and estate was purchased in 1865 by Mr Stephen Lyne-Stephens. Since then the Arboretum has grown and has over 200 tree species, with future plans to increase the collection.
Footpaths are suitable for wheelchair users.
Formerly part of Lynford Hall estate, the Arboretum still retains features which reflect its "parkland" origins. The present hall has a chequered history. It has served as a military hospital, Forestry Commission forester training school (1947 - 1957) and is currently a hotel and conference centre.
Day to day management of Lynford Arboretum is carried out by volunteers from Friends of Thetford Forest.
Autumn at Lynford Arboretum
Set squarely in the Brecks amidst Thetford Forest, Britain’s largest lowland pine forest, Lynford Arboretum is the most easterly of the Commission’s arboreta. The area enjoys a continental type climate, and is amongst the driest places in the UK.
Noted for its peace, tranquillity and amazing colour show, the arboretum is a great place to enjoy an autumnal stroll. The seasonal trail will lead you through Sequoia Avenue, one of the special features of the area. This double rowed avenue of Sequoias was planted in the 1800s to honour the Duke of Wellington and at one time featured alternate red flowering chestnut trees.
The arboretum contains an eclectic collection of conifers, planted by forestry students in mid-Victorian parkland. Over fifty of the trees are recorded as champions of their species, and thirty of these have small explanatory panels at their base. Other information panels give a brief history of the place, some of the uses to which trees are put and the natural history of the area. Others tell briefly of Native American navigation methods using trees, encounters between Deer and Trees. The trail has seating areas at regular intervals along its path where you can take a rest and bask in the glory of the magnificent autumn colour.
What do other visitors say?
5 StarsAnnie Dellbridge, 14/Nov/2016
Do you have any details on all the trees on the site as I came across one yesterday that I would really like to know
Hope that you can help
Forestry Commission Response
We have a rather large spreadsheet with all the trees on but it probably wouldn't help identify your tree. It might be better to come for a visit on a Wednesday morning when the fantastic Arboretum volunteers are around and may be able to help.
3 StarsAlison Greenwood, 6/Nov/2016
I visit Lynford Arboretum regularly and think it is a lovely, peaceful, place to visit. Sadly, last time I went, our visit was not as pleasant an experience as usual, due to a noisy quad bike track that appears to run adjacent to the arboretum. I hope this is only temporary and the forestry commission understands that people enjoy the arboretum because they enjoy nature and peace and quiet.
Forestry Commission Response
Quad bikes are not allowed in the forest unless using a byway open to all traffic. If you see a quad or a motorbike using a trail they shouldn't please call the police on 101 and report it. We hope you continue to enjoy Lynford Arboretum. It has a fantastic volunteer group who work hard to keep it looking lovely.
5 StarsN May, 5/Nov/2016
Arrived to look for Hawfinches and a very kind and friendly Forestry Commission man working with the logging pointed me in the right diection. A lovely year round location.