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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 (FoTF) Volunteering - High Lodge

There are a number of voluntering opportunities at High Lodge

'Meet and Greet' at High Lodge Centre

You can volunteer at High Lodge by welcoming people as they arrive at High Lodge. Your role will be to inform people of the work of Friends of Thetford Forest and answer any questions they may about Friends of Thetford Forest.

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

Checking the Walking Trails

You will walk the various walking trails in and around High Lodge monitoring the condition of the walking trails 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.

Concerts

During the summer concert season at High Lodge you can assist with managing the disabled parking at High Lodge Visitor Centre.

The Monday Group

You can volunterr to 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