Enclosed in the year 1264 by Baron Von Pippard, the original owner of the Linford Manor estate, Linford Wood is the largest and oldest of the Trust's three ancient woodlands. Despite its location close to the city centre, Linford Wood provides a tranquil haven for wildlife and people. Find out more about how we manage Linford Wood by clicking here.
What to see and do
Look carefully as you explore the wood and you might be able to find a series of wooden sculptures peeking out of the undergrowth or looking down at you from trees. Find out about the artworks at Linford Wood and in our other parks here.
Deer, badgers and foxes are among the creatures you may catch sight of if you visit at a quiet time of day, but Linford Wood is especially noteworthy for its bird and insect life in the open rides. Look out for the green woodpecker, greater spotted woodpecker, tree creeper, willow warbler and the sparrowhawk and tawny owl. Come out early on a spring morning to hear the fantastic dawn chorus.
From late June you may see many of the butterfly species attracted to the woodland’s abundant plantlife. As with any ancient woodland, the flora in Linford Wood is rich and varied, meaning that there is always something new to see: from the amazing bluebell displays in spring, through summer flowers to the fungal displays of autumn and winter.
BSI Pond and Meadow
Local Company BSI, has generously paid for work in Linford Wood for several years running. This includes laying the hedge along the V7 side of the wood and seeding a wildflower meadow along the grassland adjoining H4.
The most recent project has been the restoration of the pond outside the south western corner of the wood. In time this pond should become a valuable wildlife site, and home to threatened species of amphibian
For details of events in Linford Wood see the What’s On pages.
Need to know
Linford Wood falls within the grid square bordered by the H3 Monks Way, the V7 Saxon Street, H4 Dansteed Way, and H8 Marlborough Street.
The wood is open at all times with no charge for entry or parking.
The car park for this site is located off the V7 Saxon Street adjacent to a BP garage and the large communications mast.
There are no public toilets in the wood.
There are no facilities within the wood but the Suffolk Punch pub is located in Heelands just across Saxon Street from the wood. Hot and cold drinks and other refreshments are available from the BP garage on the west side of the wood.
Access is superb throughout the wood as nearly all paths are hard surface. The two grass rides within the wood might prove too soft for wheelchairs or buggies after periods of heavy rain.