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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

The Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) Conservation Group is one of the volunteer groups run by FoTF. FoTF Conservation undertake various conservation tasks during scheduled events. Previous tasks are varied and have included scrub clearance in and around the Goshawk Trail at Mayday Farm, clearing around the various ponds at High Lodge, construction and placement of bird and bat boxes in and around High Lodge, as well as the construction of Tern Rafts for placement in Lynford Arboretum lake and many other tasks.

FoTF Conservation Group at Work at Cranwich installing the Toad Fence (January 2018)

The group meet at 09:00, and generally finish at 13:00, every 3rd Sunday in a month, and the meeting point depends on the location of the work being undertaken, but a mail is sent out the week prior to the meeting to confirm the details of the date, time, and starting point.

Participation is free for FoTF members and we welcome non members. However, due to insurance requirements, we have to insist the volunteers are members, though you can join us for just one day at £1.00 to try us out. The £1.00 will be deducted from the full membership if you decide to join us fully. If you are under 16, you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Tools and safety gear are provided, and we ask that all attendees follow the instructions given at the Health and Safety briefing before starting. Refreshments are also provided to keep the energy level up!

View the FoTF Conservation Schedule here, or use the relevant menu link.

To register your interest in attending a event please email the secretary conservation@fotf.org.uk or you can use our FoTF Conservation Group Join Us Web Form.

Annual Report (2018)

Once again FoTF Conservation completed 12 events in 2018 completing many varied tasks throughout the year. The year started with the team once again returning to Cranwich to assist the Toadwatch team with the errection of the Toad Fence. Such was the task the team also returned in February to extend to the fence. A rather cold and snowy March saw the team visit High Lodge for a Birch Coppicing event.

FoTF Conservation Group at Work at Cranwich installing the Toad Fence (January 2018)

A thankfully warmer April saw the team visit the Horseshoe pit to improve the habitat for wildlife, May saw the team visit Mildenhall Warren Lodge and Mildenhall Mugwort pits ready for the Open Day. June saw the team return to the Goshawk Trail at Mayday to undertake work around the Goshawk Trail.

Rex Graham Reserve was the location for the July event, before two events at Hockham Hill & Holes in August and September to clear Gorse and perform a controlled burn of the cleared material.

As the year drew to a close the team concluded the year with events at Lynford Water clearing scrub from aroud the waters edge for the October and November events and the team rounded the year off with the traditional event at Santon Downham Workshops in December where in between Christmas treats the team started construction on Mink Rafts.