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Explore Lynford Arboretum
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

Lynford Arboretum, Thetford Forest Park






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. 

Chequered History

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 Stars 5 Stars

Thank you for a fantastic day out with my Dad yesterday. It was a great place to go and take wildlife photo`s. The volunteers do such a great job. Well done

lawrence, 4/Feb/2017

We're really pleased you had a good day out. The Friends of Thetford Forest Volunteers do an amazing job and we couldn't keep the Arboretum so well looked after without them.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

I recently came to Lynford Arboretum with two of my friends to do some bird-watching. We are from Leeds and it was our first visit to the site. We were really impressed by the birdlife there and, after a three hour wait, the Hawfinches were the highlight. Keep up the good work and we will definitely be back next January.

Peter Colley, 11/Jan/2017

We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Lynford Arboretum. It is cared for by Friends of Thetford Forest volunteers who work in partnership with the Forestry Commission. Your feedback will be passed on to them.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

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

Kind Regards


Annie Dellbridge, 14/Nov/2016

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.

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Last updated: 10th March 2017

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