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Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) Conservation at Lynford Arboretum

FoTF Conservation at Work

FoTF Lynford Arboretum meet on Wednesdays and Sundays at least 4 times a month, sometimes more, as part of the groups role to undertake the basic care of the arboretum. They meet to nurture and improve the shrub layer, plant young specimen trees and foster the tranquillity of the place.

In addition to FoTF Lynford Arboretum, FoTF Conservation have visited the grounds and lake at Lynford Arboretum on numerous occasions. Whether it is in and around the grounds in joint events with the FoTF Lynford Arboretum, or braving the cold waters of the lake while launching Tern rafts, constructed in previous events at Santon Downham Workshops, the group has undertaken a variety of tasks.

Forestry Commission Regional Volunteer Award of the Year

At the 2014 FoTF Annual General Meeting Mike Hulme, the FoTF Lynford Arboretum co-ordinator, accepted the Forestry Commission Regional Volunteer Award of the year on behalf of FoTF Lynford Arboretum. The award was presented to the group in recognition of the ongoinhg work undertaken at Lynford Arboretum over the previous years.

Conservation Location

If you would like to visit this conservation location it is accessed via the A1065, turning right onto the Lynford Road (follow the signs for Lynford Hall). Click here to view a map of the location of Lynford Arboretum (Google Maps)

Conservation Location Photos

Please use the links below to view the photos from this conservation location

Memorials & Commemorative Plaques within Thetford Forest

Friends of Thetford Forest and the Forestry Commission both receive requests for memorials or commemorative plaques and benches at Lynford Arboretum or elsewhere in Thetford Forest. These are places that mean a great deal to many people and it is very understandable to wish to commemorate loved ones and honour their memory in beautiful surroundings.

However, one of the main reasons that these places are treasured by so many is precisely because they provide experiences of the natural environment as well as being a working landscape producing a timber resource for the nation. In keeping with the policy for the Public Forest Estate across England, Friends of Thetford Forest and the Forestry Commission can no longer agree to placement of memorials or commemorations at Lynford Arboretum or in Thetford Forest.

If you would like to make a contribution in memory of a loved one to help Friends of Thetford Forest care for and enhance the Forest for wildlife, archaeology and heritage and to improve access for everyone or for a site they particularly valued, please email

If you wish, your name and that of the person commemorated, will be recorded in a book kept by Friends of Thetford Forest and available to view on request at the Forest District Office at Santon Downham.