The Solböle research forest is situated in Southern Finland, mainly in Bromarv, Raseborg. Research in Solböle focuses on the cultivation and genetic diversity of broad-leaved deciduous trees, exotic coniferous trees, mushroom and berry harvests, and the seed yields of spruce, birch and pine. Interesting destinations for visitors include the research park, arboretum and deciduous tree trail.

The research park, arboretum and deciduous tree trail

The research park introduces forest research in diverse ways. Field trials have been conducted in the area since 1926, and some of them are still in progress. For the purposes of research into exotic tree species and special trees, a total of 25,000 saplings of more than 40 different tree species were planted in the park.

The majority of the tree stands planted in Solböle are displayed in the arboretum, where the names of the trees are shown on signs. The arboretum forms part of the research park and also displays research subjects such as the themes of continuous cover forestry, the prevention of root rot and pine thinning experiments.

The deciduous tree trail focuses on broad-leaved deciduous trees and exotic trees, of which the following grow on stands in Solböle: the oak, small-leaved lime, ash, wych elm, white elm, beech, large-leaved lime, red ash, mongolian poplar and laurel-leaf poplar.

Guided tours in the research forest

Guided tours for groups of professionals can be booked in advance. Click on the link to open a map. On its left column, click on ‘Solbölen tutkimusalue’ to see the location of the forest in Bromarv and the roads to the destination

Picture on top of the page: Erkki Oksanen, Luke