Welcome to the Breckland Society


The Breckland Society’s latest publication was launched at the “Revealing the Heritage of the Brecks” conference held in Thetford in June last year. Click here for more information and to download a copy of the journal, which was produced as part of the Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Preparations are now in hand for the publication of Volume 2 during 2018, funding permitting.

Breaking New Ground - HLF Landscape Partnership                   Heritage Lottery Funded

A classic Brecks pine row, near Ickburgh ©J ParryThe Breckland Society was set up in 2003 to encourage interest and research into the natural, built and social heritage of the East Anglian Brecks. We are a membership organisation working to help protect the area and offering a range of activities to those who wish to see its special qualities preserved and enhanced.

The Brecks cover over 370 square miles of inland Norfolk and Suffolk.

This is a unique part of Britain, traditionally characterised by huge tracts of open heathland. The word ‘breck’ was used to describe temporary fields, which were ‘broken’ from the heath and allowed to revert once the soil was exhausted. Historically this was an open, steppe-like landscape populated by sheep and rabbits, but in more recent times large scale forestry and intensive agriculture have changed the face of Breckland.

Many of the traditional human occupations, such as flint-knapping and warrening, have all but disappeared and the area’s very particular atmosphere risks being changed forever in the face of increasing developmental pressures.