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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.

Friends of Thetford Forest Volunteer Groups

In 2020 Forestry England and FoTF agreed a new table of responsibilities for FoTF activities to ensure these continued to be held in a safe manner and respected legal and industry standards.

FoTF Conservation, FoTF Lynford Arboretum, and FoTF Archeaology remain unchanged, except that any Forestry England member of staff present will be present in an advisory, not leadership, capacity. Other events, such as Forest Live concerts and Deer Surveys, which have to be led by Forestry England will require FoTF Volunteers to provide a limited amount of personal data to be kept in a seperate section of the Forestry England database to record FoTF volunteers are engaging in an Forestry England led event.

As a Volunteer, you benefit from a discount card in the High Lodge Cafe and have priority booking for Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) events. After 35 recorded hours of volunteering, you will receive a FREE DISCOVERY PASS valid for one year. FoTF Membership is only £10.00 for a household for a year and brings with it a range of benefits.

Please volunteer for:

'Meet and Greet' at High Lodge Centre.

Welcoming people as they arrive at High Lodge, informing them of the work of Friends of Thetford Forest and answering their queries.

If you like meeting people and enjoy talking to them, this is the role for you!

Checking the Walking Trails.

Monitoring the condition of the various walking trails at High Lodge and in Thetford Forest generally so that they are safe from hazards and litter-free.

If you regularly walk a trail, perhaps with your dog, you would be ideal for this role.

Looking after Lynford Arboretum

FoTF Volunteers are work at Lynford Arboretum

Carrying out day-to-day maintenance of the Arboretum at Mundford, most Sundays and Wednesdays.

If you love trees and enjoy working in tranquil and beautiful surroundings, please volunteer here.

FoTF Conservation Group

Knowing that you are helping wildlife could be the reason you volunteer.

Enhancing habitats for rare plants and animals on the third Sunday of every month "somewhere" in Thetford Forest, under the guidance of the Forestry England East of England Ecologist as part of FoTF Conservation Group.

FoTF Conservation Volunteers are work around the Goshawk Trail

Archaeology

Investigating and caring for archaeological sites within the Forest, from pre-history to the modern era.

If you love history and would like to help discover more about the Forest's heritage, take this opportunity.

The Monday Group

Help support the gardening maintenance work of adults with learning challenges who volunteer at High Lodge for two hours on Monday mornings with their carers.

If you value creating opportunities for everyone, then you will find this role very rewarding.

Friends of Thetford Forest values its volunteers and the Forestry England needs the help and support of Friends' members. For more details please email volunteering@fotf.org.uk