Dunwich Forest is a mixture of coniferous and broadleaved woodland and is accessible from Dunwich village and is a part of the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The forest links into some wonderful conservation areas of marshland and wetland and is great for walkers. North Dunwich Forest has a circular walk. Park either in the Newdelight Walks Car Park or the Hog's Grove Car Park and follow the waymarked trail.
Timber Harvesting is taking place at Dunwich during the Winter. We would like you to still be able to access the forest safely during this time and have produced a Harvesting Map to help you plan your visit and avoid the work sites. This map may change at short notice so always obey warning signs. For more information visit the Forest Operations in East District page.
Dunwich Rewilding Project
Dunwich Forest is currently undergoing a process of 'rewilding' with a long term plan to recreate and regenerate the natural landscape that existed prior to the conifer plantations.
The managment of the forest is now a partnership between the Forestry Commission, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and RSBP, with the more northern area being managed by SWT and grazed by a herd of Dartmoor ponies.
The heathland habitat to the south is being managed by the RSPB. The area covered by heathland will increase as conifer crops are gradually harvested and areas of deciduous trees are allowed to revert to heather.
Lowland heath is one of the rarest of all Britain's wildlife habitats and is vital to the survival of many rare species of birds, reptiles and butterflies.
What do other visitors say?
2 StarsGwen , 15/Feb/2017
Which part of "forest" are you having trouble with? I walk here daily and over the last 3 years you cannot cut down the trees fast enough. Not only are you intent on turning the forest into heathland (i.e. An impassable area smothered in bracken) but you are destroying existing paths and turning the ground into a quagmire in the process.
This fixation on heathland is bizarre. there is no shortage of moorland in the uk and very little to differentiate between the heathland and moorland.
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for your continued interest in Dunwich Forest. Please reference the formal letter about our forest management sent to you directly by our Beat Forester.
5 StarsAnderson, D, 6/Oct/2016
5 StarsJames, 6/Jun/2016
The forest is peaceful and beautiful. I do love this area although the work that has been carried out harvesting trees has left a lot of mess which doesn't look good at all.