Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) has raised over £200,000 in grants and spent over 120,000 volunteer hours on projects to help improve Thetford Forest for wildlife and people.
Our projects include :
The 2002 restoration of the medieval warrener's lodge in Mildenhall Woods and the creation of a circular walk, complete with interpretation boards, with £50,000 in grants from English Heritage; the Heritage Lottery Fund and Forest Heath District Council.
8 purpose-made bikes suitable for use by the disabled and sensory-impaired, available for hire from Bike Art at High Lodge Forest Centre, with £12,500 in grants from Awards for All and the Local Network Fund and £4,225 from FoTF funds. FoTF have also funded the purchase of a wheelchair for vistors to High Lodge as part of its aim to increase enjoyment of the forest for all visitors.
The creation of a tree sculpture at High Lodge, sadly this sculpture had to be removed in 2013 as it had succumbed to the elements.
A new wildlife hide with access for all at High Lodge Forest Centre. FoTF has also given over £1,000 in donations to support the work of the Forest Rangers.
The multi-year Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge project where information volunteers amassed contributed to the interpretation, dedicated website, and to the learning materials for the new trail in the forest to link and interpret its landscape history, wildlife and forest management.