The Forestry Commission's East England Office, which is the administrative centre of the district, is based in Santon Downham.
Much of the land here originally belonged to the Santon Downham estate, which was at one time owned by Charles Sloane (later Lord Cadogan ).
An impressive avenue of Limes line the Thetford road to the village. Local information and leaflets are available at the East England office reception.
What do other visitors say?
Diana Smith, 18/Sep/2016
Can you tell me who I would need to contact to get some trees cut which are in the river near Santon. Yesterday, canoeing we encountered four trees right across the river and one which it was impossible to pass. We had to porter three big canoes with children around it and it was very very dangerous situation. Thanks
Forestry Commission Response
You would need to contact the Environment Agency. At present trees are left as they provide important habitat for wildlife and improve the water quality by speeding up and slowing down the flow of the water.
Louis Sacksen, 10/Feb/2016
Just walked my dog in the forest near East Harling and I counted 64 warning signs relating to forest operations. At least a dozen instructions and warnings I counted. Why not just ONE notice: Forest operations: all visitors use common sense please! I wonder how many individuals got hurt or killed prior to the impact of the Health and Safety regulations?
4 StarsAndrew & Co., 28/Jul/2014
A lovely place to be, great for walking the dogs and letting the children have a great time splashing about in the river. I understand the risks concerning fires in around woodlands, but surely BBQ's placed on the former concrete seating areas lessens the risk.