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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.

Save Our Forests Campaign

Whilst the original 2010 plans for a complete sale of the Public Forest Estate have been put on hold, as a direct result of the countrywide campaign against such a proposal, the Government appointed a 'Panel of Experts' to review all aspects of the Estate.

On January 31st 2013 the Government announced its official response to the Independent Panel on Forestry's (IPF) Final Report on the future of England's Woods and Forests. Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) issued a short response to the Government official response to the Final Report on the future of England's Woods and Forests. You can view the full FoTF response to the Final Report by clicking here.

Throughout the campaign, from its inception when the Government first announced the planned sale of the Public Forest Estate to the reversal of that decision and the commissioning of the 'Panel of Experts', to the subsequent Governement response, the Friends of Thetford Forest have campaigned to ensure FoTF, and FoTF members, views were known.

FoTF have issued campaign updates via FoTF newsletters, as well as to the FoTF website, so that members were aware of the recent announcements and the work the Friends were undertaking in this area.