The Forestry Commission has been awarded £610,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project to make a new trail into the forest which will link and interpret its landscape history, wildlife and forest management.
The 4.2km all-ability trail will make the forest and its heritage more accessible for everyone as it will have a smooth surface suitable for families, less experienced cyclists and those with access limitations. Benches and shelters will give 'rest places' and meet the needs of those with restricted health and mobility.
During the two-year project, there will be opportunities for everyone to explore and research the history of the landscape, take part in archaeological surveys and investigations and learn new heritage skills. There will be training to carry out wildlife surveys; to help produce activities for schools and families and to contribute to interpretation.
If you are interested in this project, and would like to be involved or book a place for any of the activities listed below then either:
Or write to:
High Lodge Heritage Project
Forest District Office
You can also visit highlodgeheritage.co.uk to learn more about the project
|27th September 2017||Making funding applications for heritage projects||Morning|
|9th October 2017||How to access and use historic documents - Norfolk Record Office||Afternoon|
|18th October 2017||How to use the Norfolk and Suffolk Historic Environment Records||Day|
|8th November 2017||Diversity and Equality: Meeting the Needs of All Visitors||Day|
|14th November 2017||How to interpret aerial photographs and LIDAR Images||Day|
|19th November 2017||Identifying the Landscape of Warrening||Day|
|6th December 2017||How to care for earthwork sites||Day|
|12th December 2017||How to research archives for wildlife records||Morning|
|January 2018||Exploring Earthworks at High Lodge||Day|
|January 2018||Discovering Burial Mounds at High Lodge||Day|
|January 2018||Conservation work on Sites of Special Scientific Interest at High Lodge||Morning|
|February 2018||Archaeological Investigation to locate the site of the warren lodge||Weekends|
|February 2018||Identifying and Processing Finds||Day|
|February 2018||Writing an Archaeological Report||Day|
|February 2018||Improving the habitat for Great-Crested Newts||Morning|
|March 2018||The Origins of the Flint Mines at High Lodge||Day|
|March 2018||Discovery Day - The Working Forest||Day|
|April 2018||How to identify tree species and veteran trees||Day|
|April 2018||How to identify amphibians and reptiles at High Lodge||Morning|
|April 2018||How to organise events, talks and visits for heritage projects||Morning / Evening|
|May 2018||Exploring Trackways and Historic Routes around High Lodge||Day|
|May 2018||How to identify birds of High Lodge and Thetford Forest||Day|
|May 2018||How to track and identify animal and bird prints & where to look for them||Day|
|June 2018||Revealing the Secrets of High Lodge Field||Day|
|June 2018||Photographing the Forest||Day|
|June 2018||How to identify plants of High Lodge and Thetford Forest||Day|
|July 2018||How to identify butterflies, moths and insects||Day|
|July 2018||World War 1 Railway – its route and purpose||Day|
|July 2018||Drawing and Painting the Forest||Day|
|July 2018||How to research, design and produce interpretation for the trail and the heritage sites and help with production||Day|
|August 2018||Making Arrowheads and Gunflints||Day|
|August 2018||Making Nets for Warrening||Day|
|August 2018||How to research, design and produce educational materials for the trail and the heritage sites and help with production||Day|
|September 2018||Discovering the Historic Landscape of the parkland, plantation boundaries and shelter belts.||Day|
|September 2018||Community Monitoring of Earthwork Sites||Day|
|October 2018||How to identify deer at High Lodge and Thetford Forest||Evening|
|October 2018||Living off the Land||Day|
|November 2018||Exploring flint-facing on the warren banks||Day|
|November 2018||Planning for Climate Change in Thetford Forest||Day|
|With the exception of the visit to the Norfolk Record Office, all activities will take place at the Oak Lodge Community Building at High Lodge and outdoors at High Lodge.
Instructions and information will be sent to those booking places.
Many of these activities are suitable for families and students as well as adults so please enquire if you need clarification, using the contact details above.
Every effort will be made to ensure that activities are accessible to everyone, within the restrictions imposed by the forest terrain.