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.
Moth Evening 2016
FoTF attended an evening moth trapping & identifying at Oak Lodge on the High Lodge site in Thetford Forest. The evening was hosted by Tim Frost of the FC who was a wealth of knowledge on the subject.
Fortunately the weather was fine and clear and those present enjoyed helping and listening to Tim talk about a subject dear to his heart. We are grateful to him for giving up his evening and spending the time with us.