The Suffolk Flora Preservation Trust owns and manages two private reserves in Suffolk: Simpson’s Fromus Valley in Kelsale and Orchid Glade in Hasketon.

The Trust greatly values its Friends and Guardians: with your help it will be able to preserve the special sites it already maintains;
purchase and protect new sites, and improve the diversity of flora and fauna in Suffolk for many years to come.


 

Simpson’s Fromus Valley – Kelsale, Saxmundham

You can view/download a visitors' map of the Reserve here (size: 1.6MB).

Simpson’s Fromus Valley is a beautifully preserved wildlife site in a hidden Suffolk valley with meadows, woodland, ancient trees and ponds.  The river Fromus runs through a wooded gully out into the meadows.

The 27 acres now support over 50 bird species including endangered species such as bullfinch, yellowhammer and skylark. The site provides a wildlife haven amid intensively farmed arable land attracting migrant birds in the winter, and acting as a refuge for resident bird species. 

 

Read about the natural history of the Valley here.

Read the exciting medieval history of it here.

Orchid Glade – White House Farm, Hasketon, Woodbridge

You can view/download a visitors' map of the Reserve here (size: 2.4MB).

Cultivation of these former arable fields ceased in the 1950s. Fallow deer and muntjac abound and, with rabbits, the effect of their grazing is the most important factor maintaining a rich clayland flora in which the spring flowering of twayblade and southern marsh orchids still justifies the name of this small reserve.  It really comes into its own in August when the sea of yellow fleabane flowers produces food for butterflies.

 

Read about the recent history of Orchard Glade here.

If you would like to take "A Seasonal Journey through our Reserves" via YouTube, please visit our Visuals page.


ACCESS TO THE RESERVES

☞   To provide protection to sensitive flora, the gates to both reserves are normally locked, and the reserves are closed to unauthorised visitors.
Each site is open two or three mornings a year when members of the public are welcome.  Visit our Open Days page for more information.
Guardians (members), however, can visit at all reasonable times.