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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

Government official response to the Independent Panel on Forestry's (IPF) Final Report

On January 31st 2013 when the Government finally announced its official response to the Independent Panel on Forestry's (IPF) Final Report on the future of England's Woods and Forests.

You can view the Government official response to the Independent Panel on Forestry's (IPF) Final Report on the future of England's Woods and Forests by clicking here

On page (p.27) the statement says on community engagement that FC does a good job but could do more and that "We will expect the new body (FE's successor) to develop clear arrangements for working with businesses, charities and communities at the local level, building on the best current practice, for example at Thetford".

It is good to know that we are part of what is considered best practice but it is also a responsibility that could have long term implications for us.

The Friends of Thetford Forest have issued a short response to the Government official response to the Independent Panel on Forestry's (IPF) Final Report on the future of England's Woods and Forests. You can view the full FoTF response by clicking here