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We have been asked by High Lodge Centre to tell our members that due to the capacity restrictions in force in site, it is best to avoid arriving between 10:30 and 14:00 at weekends as it has been necessary to shut the gates due to the maximum number of cars on site on a number of occasions.

This has led to unacceptable parking on the road outside and as a result the Police have attended and offence tickets issued.

The situation is monitored constantly and it is hoped that capacity will gradually be increased, as other venues also open and the visitor load is spread more evenly.

Up to date info can be found at all times on the FE High Lodge website and their Facebook pages.

We hope you understand these capacity rules are for safety reasons in these challenging times, and obviously we want both visitors and staff to stay safe whilst on site.

Thank you

All Ability Trail Seating

One of the benches installed on the All Ability Trail at High Lodge by FoTF Volunteers

Thanks to a £5,000 grant from 'Awards for All' 12 benches were installed along the All-Ability Trails at High Lodge Forest Centre, St Helen's Picnic Site, Santon Downham and Lynford Arboretum by The Friends of Thetford Forest.

Woodpecker Playarea Seating

One of the benches installed at the Woodpecker playground area by FoTF Volunteers

On Monday 19th October 2012 the final bench of twelve was 'ceremoniously' put into place at the Woodpecker Play Sculpture at High Lodge Forest Centre. Both the Friends of Thetford Forest and Forestry England had many requests for seating around the six play sculptures so that adults had somewhere to sit whilst supervising their children.

FoTF agreed to undertake the project, and used money form membership subscriptions to provide the funding of just over £2,590. For the second time, FoTF worked with Street Forge Workshop in Thornham Magna which trains and gives work to those with disabilities.

Street Forge helped FoTF design the benches, and then made them. Several of those involved were at High Lodge to see the final bench installed by local contractors Dot and Gilly Sayer, who did a wonderful job putting in all twelve benches for FoTF.

FoTF would like to thank everyone involved in making this such a successful project. Next time you are at High Lodge, you will see - and perhaps use - these benches, tangible evidence of how membership subscriptions help FoTF to improve facilities for everyone within Thetford Forest.