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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 - Lynford Arboretum

Group photo of volunteers at Lynford Arboretum around a carved tree

In 2006 the Forestry England asked the Friends of Thetford Forest to undertake the basic care of the arboretum. In February 2007 FoTF Lynford Arboretum was formed; the group's purpose is to nurture and improve the shrub layer, plant young specimen trees and foster the tranquillity of the place.

FoTF Lynford Arboretum meets 4 to 6 times a month on Wednesdays and Sundays and we invite Friends of Thetford Forest members to assist in this project. If you are interested in becoming involved with this project, (gardening on a rather grand scale), please contact FoTF by email lynfordarboretum@fotf.org.uk.

Memorials & Commemorative Plaques within Thetford Forest

Friends of Thetford Forest and Forestry England both receive requests for memorials or commemorative plaques and benches at Lynford Arboretum or elsewhere in Thetford Forest. These are places that mean a great deal to many people and it is very understandable to wish to commemorate loved ones and honour their memory in beautiful surroundings.

However, one of the main reasons that these places are treasured by so many is precisely because they provide experiences of the natural environment as well as being a working landscape producing a timber resource for the nation. In keeping with the policy for the Public Forest Estate across England, Friends of Thetford Forest and Forestry England can no longer agree to placement of memorials or commemorations at Lynford Arboretum or in Thetford Forest.

If you would like to make a contribution in memory of a loved one to help Friends of Thetford Forest care for and enhance the Forest for wildlife, archaeology and heritage and to improve access for everyone or for a site they particularly valued, please email information@fotf.org.uk.

If you wish, your name and that of the person commemorated, will be recorded in a book kept by Friends of Thetford Forest and available to view on request at the Forest District Office at Santon Downham.

FoTF Lynford Arboretum Awards

Royal Forestry Society (RFS) 2017 Urban and Community Forestry Awards Certificate

Since the creation of FoTF Lynford Arboretum in 2007, FoTF Lynford Arboretum has won recognition in two awards:

  • Royal Forestry Society (RFS) 2017 Urban and Community Forestry Awards
  • Forestry Commission 2014 Regional Volunteer Award of the Year

To read more about these awards please read the FoTF Volunteering Awards page.

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