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The FoTF committee met virtually last week and focused on what we need to do to enable a safe return to volunteering. We've read the Forestry England guidance and also that produced by East District, but as an independent organisation, we are putting together our own risk assessments to mitigate the risks posed by Covid-19 and to safeguard you, our volunteers.
We are also updating the Volunteer Welfare Form. If you are intending to resume volunteering or would like to take part, we will require each one of you to complete and return this form, so that we have your current details.
The risk assessments and our safety guidelines will be shared with FE, as a matter of courtesy and because it is the forest land manager controlling permission. Once we have agreement, we can then email them to you, together with the welfare form.

We would very much like to begin volunteering again sometime in the autumn - with the walking trails' checking and the archaeological sites; monitoring, followed by a gradual return to safe-distancing groups for conservation tasks and at Lynford Arboretum. However this is dependent on FE's agreement and resources and the on-going Covid-19 situation.

Please be assured that we do not want anyone to return who does not think it is safe or appropriate for them to do so.

Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) Overview

A map of Thetford Forest

About FoTF

The Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) is a voluntary body, established in 1995. It aims to increase knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment of Thetford Forest and to encourage the involvement of the local community and general public in Thetford Forest's future development.

Whilst the Friends of Thetford Forest shares common aims and works in close collaboration with Forestry England, it is an independent body serving the needs of members and visitors to Thetford Forest.

To view some of the many tasks in which the The Friends of Thetford Forest has been involved, take a look at our projects.

To learn about the voluntary groups FoTF runs, and the work they do, take a look at Volunteering.

Discover the benefits of joining, and how to join FoTF see Join Us

Corporate Membership

Corporate membership allows companies to show their commitment to Thetford Forest. Corporate members receive a framed certificate for display, acknowledgement in the Friends of Thetford Forest newsletters, and on information boards within Thetford Forest as well as special rates and discounts for major events and activities. For more information see the dedicated Corporate Membership page

About Thetford Forest

As well as timber production, Thetford Forest is managed to provide a range of public benefits which include rural development, recreation and sustainable nature conservation. Visitors and members of the Friends of Thetford Forest enjoy the facilities of car parking, picnic areas, waymarked walks and all-ability trails.

Thetford Forest encompasses 20% of the Breckland Environmentally Sensitive Area, making it potentially the greatest contributor, under one land ownership, to Breckland conservation.

At High Lodge Forest Centre, there is a gift shop, restaurant, children's adventure play area, cycle hire, forest trails, High Ropes Course, and special events throughout the year.