In 2006 Forestry England 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 [email protected] with FoTF Lynford Arboretum in the subject.
Lynford Arboretum Volunteering Awards
Forestry Commission 2014 Regional Volunteer Award of the Year
At the 2014 FoTF Annual General Meeting Mike Hulme, former FoTF Lynford Arboretum Group co-ordinator, accepted the Forestry Commission, now Forestry England, Regional Volunteer Award of the year (2014) on behalf of FoTF Lynford Arboretum. The award was presented to the group in recognition of the ongoing work undertaken at Lynford Arboretum over the previous years.
Royal Forestry Society (RFS) 2017 Urban and Community Forestry Awards
In June 2017 it was announced that Lynford Arboretum, a site that is owned by Forestry England but managed by Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) Lynford Arboretum, had been awarded joint second in the RFS 2017 Urban and Community Forestry Awards.
The RFS Urban and Community Forestry Award encourages and rewards projects involving urban and community woodlands which have been established and managed in a way which is sustainable and beneficial to the landscape, the local people, biodiversity and the economy in both the short and long term.
Judges described it as: "...probably the most unusual community woodland ever visited by the judges - and it is truly delightful." and they added: " The Friends are efficiently run, effective in their aims and have good governance which will guarantee a secure future. This is an outstanding success story brought about by an equally outstanding organisation which works closely with the Forestry Commission in a mutually beneficial manner."
The Committee would like to thank all our FoTF Lynford Arboretum volunteers who have made this second award for FoTF Lynford Arboretum possible