Hethel Old Thorn

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Hethel Old Thorn
A tiny nature reserve - geograph.org.uk - 1395410.jpg
TypeNature reserve
LocationNorwich, Norfolk
OS gridTG 171 005
Area0.025 hectares (0.062 acres)
Managed byNorfolk Wildlife Trust

Hethel Old Thorn is a 0.025-hectare (0.062-acre) nature reserve south-west of Norwich in Norfolk. It is managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.[1]

This is the smallest wildlife trust nature reserve in Britain, consisting of one ancient hawthorn tree, which may date to the thirteenth century. In 1755 its girth was recorded as 9 feet 1 inch, and it has now decayed to a much smaller size, but it is still healthy.[1]

The Thorn - Hethel, drawn and etched by Henry Ninham, from James Grigor's The Eastern Arboretum (1841)


  1. ^ a b "Hethel Old Thorn". Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 10 July 2018.

Coordinates: 52°33′32″N 1°12′04″E / 52.559°N 1.201°E / 52.559; 1.201