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The next FoTF Conservation Event is earlier than normal due to Easter and will be on Sunday 14th April (*not* the 21st April).

The 2019 Rex Graham Reserve Open Day will be on Sunday 26th May 2019.

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Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) Lynford Arboretum

Thetford Forest FoTF Conservation at Work

In 2006 the Commission asked the Friends of Thetford Forest to undertake the basic care of the arboretum. In February 2007 FoTF Lynford Arboretum was formed; the group's purpose is to nurture and improve the shrub layer, plant young specimen trees and foster the tranquillity of the place.

FoTF Lynford Arboretum meets 4 to 6 times a month on Wednesdays and Sundays and we invite Friends of Thetford Forest members to assist in this project. If you are interested in becoming involved with this project, (gardening on a rather grand scale), please contact FoTF by email

Click here to view the schedule, or use the relevant item from the Volunteering menu.

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.

Royal Forestry Society (RFS) 2017 Urban and Community Forestry Award

FoTF Lynford Arboretum Awards

Since the creation of FoTF Lynford Arboretum in 2007, FoTF Lynford Arboretum has won recognition in two awards:

  • Royal Forestry Society (RFS) 2017 Urban and Community Forestry Awards
  • Forestry Commission 2014 Regional Volunteer Award of the Year

To read more about these awards please read the FoTF Volunteering Awards page.