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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.

Forest Discovery Day 2018 Photos

The "Forest at Work" Discovery Day saw almost 1,700 people visit the High Lodge site in Thetford Forest , many of whom had come to see the "Forest at Work" Discovery Day led by The Friends Of Thetford Forest (FoTF) in conjunction with the Forestry Commission.

There were forest machines in action, marquees dedicated to timber production and protection, deer management, archaeology, and space for children's crafts. The local TIMBER mountain bike group were also represented and hosted a display of cycles for the less able person and their impressive multi use machine for trail building and upkeep.

Lots of smiling faces, despite the chilly start to the day, and those that came be back from the deer spotting walk led by the Foresty Commission (FC) Ranger all commented on the very life like appearance of the deer silhouettes recently purchased by FC and in part funded by FoTF that are used for training.