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The next FoTF Conservation Event of is on Sunday 18th March.

High Lodge will be CLOSED Monday 12th - Friday 16th March due to essential utilities work. There will be NO access onto the site during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but it has only been recently confirmed that the work is going ahead.

High Lodge is holding a "Forest at Work" Discovery Day on Sunday 25th March from 10:00 (Organised by Friends of Thetford Forest with support from the Forestry Commission). Normal site entry charges to High Lodge apply, but all the "Forest at Work" activities are free.

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General Election Candidate Letter Reply - Anna Cokes

Below is the reply recieved from Anna Coke, UKIP PPC (Mid Norfolk), to the letter to the candidates in the constituencies in or around Thetford Forest Forest issued by the Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF):

Our family owns and manages the oldest continues cover forest in the British Isles - here in Weasenham in Mid Norfolk. The woods are cited in many text books as the perfect example of how to manage forestry. I am a passionate forester, but cannot condone the mismanagement of Thetford by the forestry commission. They take the short term approach, cut down great swathes of trees over and over without giving the soil time to recover and frankly do absolutely nothing about the muntjac deer invasion or the grey squirrel - both are invasive species, and both disastrous for our forests.

I understand the passion that the British public have about our forests, but until they are properly informed about the long term impending ruin of our forests under Government control we are all on a losing ticket.

Our family has fought long and hard with various Government departments, all with short term political interests. It was my husband's Grandfather who finally made an incompetent treasury understand that if you tax a forest as part of an inheritance, then the next generation will have no choice but to cut much of it down to pay for the ridiculous tax. My own husband wrote the UKIP forestry and wildlife policy which is part of the UKIP Agricultural policy.

I do hope that you now see that as a family of foresters we have done more than most to preserve this precious commodity.

As I cannot sign the friends pledge I would be grateful for you to circulate this email to others who may be unwittingly misguided.

With kind regards,

Anna Coke.


Should you wish to send a personalised message to Anna Coke, UKIP PPC (Mid Norfolk), you can do so by clicking here