Our newest living landscape, this is a project to credit 640 acres of grazed woodland habitat from existing conifer plantation.
In 2006 the Forestry Commission published a new Forest Design Plan for Dunwich which proposed a radical shift from the current conifer plantation to a mix of semi-natural habitats. The northern part of the forest would be managed to develop into predominantly broad-leaved woodland while the southern part of the forest would be progressively clear-felled to recreate lowland heath with wet woodland and some broad-leaved woodland. The Forestry Commission sought to work in partnership with Suffolk Wildlife Trust and RSPB to deliver this vision with SWT as the main partner in the northern area and RSPB leading on the heathland creation in the southern part of the forest. This will be the first time such an initiative has been undertaken on this scale in the UK.
Not only a great location for walkers, Dunwich Forest is also part of the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Part of the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dunwich Forest consists of a mixture of coniferous and broadleaved woodland and is accessible from Dunwich village. The forest links into some wonderful conservation areas of marshland and wetland and is great for walkers. Horse riders are also welcome in the forest. Please be aware that husky training takes place within the northern part of the forest before 10.30am and after 4pm.
Dunwich Forest offers 24 hour access, 365 days a year.