Old Broom Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Old Broom Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Old Broom Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Old Broom Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Old Broom Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Old Broom Nature Reserve

The remarkable ancient oak pollards of Old Broom are between 250 and 500 years old and a remnant of an open wood-pasture landscape, perhaps more akin to savannah than woodland and certainly anything familiar in Suffolk today.

Location

Flempton Road
felixstowe
Suffolk
ip119ee

OS Map Reference

TL 802 674
A static map of Old Broom Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
7 hectares

Walking trails

Public access only on twice annual open days - ring 01473 890089 for details

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

No public access. Access during special events for members only, please contact the Trust for more details 01473 890089.

Best time to visit

Spring and autumn

About the reserve

Extraordinary, magical, there are many ways to describe Old Broom and none would be an exaggeration. Wood-pasture was a once extensive habitat, but much was grubbed out for agriculture, especially with the enclosure of common land. Wood-pasture that survived enclosure was often incorporated into the parkland of great estates and this most likely ensured its preservation.

Today, just fragments of this important habitat remain in Suffolk, with Old Broom amongst the best.   Ecologically invaluable, the deadwood and hollow interiors of these great trees support many specialist fungi and invertebrates and the bark can host similarly rare lichens and mosses. The soils and grassland are equally ancient and undisturbed and being on the edge of the Brecks share many common Breckland characteristics, including periglacial vegetation stripes.  

Owned and deeply cared for by the Hanbury family for two generations, Old Broom was gifted to the Trust in 2013, an act of great generosity that will ensure that this extraordinary place will remain extraordinary in perpetuity.

Contact us

Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01473 890089