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 Latest Newsletters
Below are the most recent Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter editions of the Friends of Thetford FoTF newwletters which is published bi-annually by FoTF.
The Committe has had to look very hard at the way the Friends of Thetford Forest newsletter is published and distributed, with yet another increase in postage costs it is now difficult to justify or sustain posting out so many copies.
FoTF would like to reduce the number posted out to only those that do not have internet access as the newletters are available as a PDF on the website, where the newsletters going back to 2001 as PDFs are available as this is the best way to make the images viewable to anyone, no matter what computer they are using.
FoTF would like to be able to email a link out to everyone at the time, but do not have a correct email address for many members.
If you need or want to receive your newsletter by post, please notify the membership secretary by writing to:
Friends of Thetford Forest
Alan Spidy - Membership Secretary
48 Hale Road
This can also be used to notify us of your valid e-mail address, or you can send it to our e-mail address email@example.com specifying Newsletter Opt Out - Email Option in the subject.