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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

There is a mature Beech avenue on the roadside and parking just off the B1106.

The Forest was named to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary. Fallow deer are common here.

The chalky soil supports a prolific flower population uncluding Wild Thyme, Bird's Foot Trefoil and numerous butterflies, such as Dingy Skipper and Brown Argus 


What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Such a beautiful forest I would like some back ground on its management for an essay please

Many thks

A H Finneran, 17/May/2017

We're glad you like Kings Forest. If you'd like to know more about the management of Kings and other forests in Thetford please visit our Forest Planning and Management web page and click on Forest Plans and operations East District. You can then download the Kings Forest Plan.

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3 Stars 3 Stars

The damage being done by 4x4s along the Icknield Way is getting worse and worse. Having trashed the bottom end (West Stow) they are working hard to destroy the top end, just along from the Monument.

Anon, 26/Nov/2016

Thank you for your information. The Icknield Way is a byway open to all traffic (BOAT) which vehicles can use. Suffolk County Council maintain public rights of way and are responsible for the Icknield Way and we will work with them on this.

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Hello. I have just returned from my daily trek round the Yellow marked trail in King's Forest with my dogs. There were several filled dog-poo bags hanging from trees in the car park as well as the usual trail of filled coloured dog-poo bags throughout the forest itself.

With no bins or facilities for collection some people think it is OK to leave them in the car park/forest/trees where they will be for many years to come.

Is it possible to have a bin in the car park? Or at least a sign asking people to take their bags home? The fact is that dog waste left to decompose in the open air will quite quickly disappear unlike sealed-in poo.

Anonymous, 15/Mar/2016

Many thanks for your feedback. We'll investigate using signs, but the cost of a bin and recycling is prohibitive.

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Last updated: 28th February 2017

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What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Horse riding
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Parking
  • Off of the B1106
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OS Grid ref: TL824749

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Nicky Russell

0300 067 4546

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Off of the B1106

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