On 1 April 2019 Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will be replaced by a single district council called West Suffolk Council. It will entirely replace the borough and district councils but will continue to deliver the same services while finding improved ways of supporting communities, businesses and the local economy. Over the next few weeks you may notice changes to the website, forms, letters and emails, and there will be limited access to some of our online systems as we prepare for the creation of the new council.
Aspal Close is a surviving medieval wood pasture within the Breckland landscape and was home to a working farm up until 1963 in the village of Beck Row just North-west of Mildenhall. Ancient oak pollards sit on hummocks of chalk and/or sand, surrounded by open grassland with significant areas of relatively recent scrub.
The site undulates, with dips and hollows originating from glacial action during the last ice age. The site is designated as a Local Nature Reserve and is home to wide range of important wildlife.
Monday to Sunday 8.30am – dusk
Free to enjoy
St Johns Street
The reserve is a treasure of wildlife interest, here is a brief description of what can be seen.
There are almost 200 specimens on the reserve, some of which are over 600 years old. The late Oliver Rackham (International Expert Countryside Historian) has described it as “an internationally important northern outlier of unspoilt savannah”, as “one of the best examples of fields with trees”.
An independent management plan for the veteran trees was produced in 2011 for their long term care.
The soil is a mixture of chalk and sand and this special breckland soil gives rise to a wide variety of flora, look out for Mouse ear and Meadow Saxifrage in the spring, followed by wild Rock Rose and Wild Thyme in the summer.
There are occasional guided walks around the reserve, check What's on West Suffolk for details.
The following regulations are in place for your safety and to protect the environment, please abide by them:
A full set of bylaws are available on request.