Trees, plants and wildlife at Pound Farm
Species throughout the wood include pedunculate oak, ash, field maple, wild cherry, small-leaved lime, silver birch, hairy birch, alder, hornbeam, haz...Read more
This expanse of relatively young woodland is interspersed with pockets of ancient woodland, wide rides and wildflower meadows, making it a beautiful and diverse site. Its undulating paths offer splendid views over the surrounding countryside, and its five ponds give plenty of opportunity for kids to explore the aquatic habitat by pond dipping.
This mixture of young and ancient woodland, and meadows provides plenty of interest all year round. In spring, the older parts of the wood are carpeted with a typical ancient woodland ground flora of small white wood anemone, sprinkled with the sunny yellow of lesser celandine, primrose and red campion. Also, at this time of year, its five ponds come alive with newts. The newer planting of 60,000 native broadleaf trees dates from the early 1990s. It has now formed a canopy that provides the dappled shade that’s perfect for strolls in summer when the rides and meadows are strewn with buttercup, oxeye daisy and ragged robin. And in autumn the mix of ash, oak, field maple and silver birch creates a riot of colour ranging from gold to russet to rich crimson.
The wider area surrounding the wood is steeped in history. Queen Mary Tudor mustered her forces at nearby Framlingham Castle before she marched on London to take the throne in 1553. Queen Mary’s Path, which follows her route, passes close to the wood.
Explore Pound Farm’s network of paths and you’ll be treated to stunning views over the rolling Suffolk landscape, and you many even come across the occasional shy roe deer. The paths are unsurfaced though, and some sections can be very muddy in winter, so bring your wellies!
The 179-hectare (443-acre) site sits between the village of Great Glemham (2.5 miles/4km), and the market town of Framlingham (4 miles/6.4km) in Suffolk. It is set in a rolling landscape of farmland (mostly arable), woodland and hedgerows. Cransford Meadow, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is close to the northern boundary.
Grid ref: TM322630 OS map Sheets: Explorer 212; OS Landranger 156
There are two kissing gate pedestrian entrances at either end of a public right of way. A large covered information board and two further boards give details of the tree planting and meadowland. There are also a number of seats around the ride network which provide opportunities for rest and picnics.
Paths are mainly grass and are undulating. They are mown regularly but during the winter months the site becomes waterlogged and muddy.
The main bus service from Ipswich is the 63: Ipswich – Woodbridge – Framlingham. The closest bus stop is at Framlingham, a four-mile (6.4km) walk to the site. Visit traveline for more information.
Pound Farm is situated off the B1119 between Framlingham and Great Glemham in Suffolk (look for the brown tourist sign). The site has a large, hard surfaced car park that can accommodate about 15 vehicles.
The nearest public toilets are in Framlingham (4 miles/6.4km). The toilets at The Crown Inn in Great Glemham (2½ miles/4km) can be used by customers.
Accommodation and tourist information
There are many lovely villages and towns to explore in the area. Framlingham is mentioned in the Domesday book and has its own castle, now owned by English Heritage. See Visit Framlingham for information on accommodation, places of interest and local events.