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The ar­bore­tum; for­merly part of Lyn­ford Hall es­tate, this area still re­tains fea­tures which re­flect its park­land ori­gins. Some of the plant­ing was done by trainees when the hall was a train­ing cen­tre for the Forestry Com­mis­sion B. Lyn­ford Hall was built for Mr and Mrs Lyne Stephens be­tween 1856 and 1859. Mr Lyne Stephens died in 1860 but his widow lived at Lyn­ford un­til her death in 1894. The hall passed through a num­ber of own­ers from the turn of the cen­tury un­til 1930 when it was pur­chased by the Forestry Com­mis­sion and re­fur­bished as a grace and favour res­i­dence for Sir James Calder. Dur­ing the Sec­ond World War the hall was used as an of­fi­cer con­va­les­cent hos­pi­tal. In 1945 it be­came a train­ing col­lege for foresters. The col­lege closed in 1957 and is now a wed­ding and func­tion venue C. Dog agility area D. Glimpsed through the road­side trees, a pass­ing trav­eller could be for­given for mar­vel­ling at the au­dac­ity of the bold deer parad­ing at this pop­u­lar pic­nic site. The dis­tinc­tive crea­ture, how­ever, is no more than a metal im­i­ta­tion tar­get stag, found by the Forestry Com­mis­sion work­ers when the area was be­ing planted. It be­longed to the for­mer owner of Lyn­ford Hall, Sir Richard Sut­ton, Mas­ter of the Hunt, and bears the scars of its for­mer role. In ad­di­tion, there is a gi­ant wooden sculp­ture of a deer!

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