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We have been asked by High Lodge Centre to tell our members that due to the capacity restrictions in force in site, it is best to avoid arriving between 10:30 and 14:00 at weekends as it has been necessary to shut the gates due to the maximum number of cars on site on a number of occasions.

This has led to unacceptable parking on the road outside and as a result the Police have attended and offence tickets issued.

The situation is monitored constantly and it is hoped that capacity will gradually be increased, as other venues also open and the visitor load is spread more evenly.

Up to date info can be found at all times on the FE High Lodge website and their Facebook pages.

We hope you understand these capacity rules are for safety reasons in these challenging times, and obviously we want both visitors and staff to stay safe whilst on site.

Thank you

Lynford Arboretum

Volunteers take a guided tour of Lynford Arboretum

The OED defines Arboretum as "A place devoted to the cultivation and exhibition of rare trees: a botanical tree garden".

Following the Second World War, students from the Forestry England's training school based in Lynford Hall commenced planting species, primarily of interest to commercial forestry, but also other types of trees to see how they fair in Breckland conditions. The site chosen was part of the Victorian, and earlier, parkland which surrounds the Hall. Initially the Commission's arboretum was confined between Lynford road and the old water tower, this was extended south to the lake and in the early 1980's, east to the boundary of the military training area.

Lynford Arboretum

Planting continued until the 1990's, and then in 2006 the Commission asked Friends of Thetford Forest to undertake the basic care of the arboretum. As a response to this request, in February 2007, the 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. As with most things in life other things emerge; the whole area teams with wildlife and effort is now being directed to sustain and enhance this. Forestry England is also charged with assisting in the nation's efforts to counteract the affect of climate change. To this end it is looking to its arboreta for answers, though with trees this will take a lifetime or two. Lynford is the most easterly of the Commission's nine arboreta with the driest of conditions; it also has one of the least fertile soils, consequentially it is seen as ideal place to gauge the changes which may occur. Increasingly young trees are being sent to Lynford for planting out to assess their potential; these are being grown from seed collected from around the world, at the National Pinetum at Bedgebury in Kent.

FoTF Lynford Arboretum meets between 4 and 6 times a month on Wednesdays and Sundays and we invite FoTF 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 lynfordarboretum@fotf.org.uk.

Click here to load a Google Maps map showing the location of Lynford Arboretum

Friends of Thetford Forest values its volunteers and the Forestry England needs the help and support of Friends' members. For more details please email volunteering@fotf.org.uk