The Suffolk Flora Preservation Trust owns and manages two private reserves in Suffolk: Simpson’s Fromus Valley, Kelsale and Orchid Glade at White House Farm, Hasketon. Both reserves are registered as organic land with the Soil Association.
The Suffolk Flora Trust greatly values its Friends and Guardians: with your help the Trust 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 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.
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.
If you would like to take "A Seasonal Journey through our Reserves" via YouTube, please visit our Visuals page.
ACCESS TO THE RESERVES: Guardians – all reasonable times | Public – see how and when you can visit, on our Open Days page.
☞ 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.