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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) Conservation Group Report 2020

Annual Report (2020)

January 2020

FoTF Conservation Group once again opened the year of FoTF Conservation Group events by joining forces with the Cranwich Toad Patrol to help set up their toad fence on the edge of Cranwich Woods.

FoTF Conservation Group at Work at Cranwich January 2020)

February 2020

FoTF Conservation Group were forced to take the highly unusual step of cancelling the event due to Storm Ciara, and Storm Dennis the following weekend.

March 2020

FoTF Conservation Group returned to Mildenhall Woods to visit a location referred to as Quakers Walk which they last visited in 2017. Here the team undertook habitat improvement by removing small Broom plants and raking out Moss patches.

Following the Government announcement about the introduction of restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 FoTF, like other organisations, had to suspend its volunteering.
FoTF 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