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Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge

The Forestry Commission has been offered a wonderful opportunity to bring the history of High Lodge alive for everyone, as it has been awarded a Round One Pass and Development Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project to make a new trail into the forest which will link and interpret its landscape history, wildlife and forest management. 

Ten thousand years of landscape history lie beneath the trees at High Lodge, Thetford Forest’s Centre.  To most visitors, this is ‘hidden history’ because there is currently little or no information about it or where to look for the special archaeological features such as burial mounds or warren banks and warren lodge sites.

Up to 4 kilometers in length, the trail will make the forest more accessible for everyone (excluding horse-riders) as it will have an all-ability smooth surface and be suitable for families, less experienced cyclists and those with access limitations. Benches and shelters will give ‘rest places’ and meet the needs of those with restricted health and mobility.

There will be opportunities to explore and research the history of the landscape, take part in archaeological surveys and investigations and contribute to interpretation and learn new heritage skills. 

Following a year-long Development Phase, the Forestry Commission has submitted its Round 2 Application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project to make a new trail into the forest which will interpret the landscape history, wildlife and forest management.

If the HLF funding bid is successful, the 4km trail will be constructed with an all-ability smooth surface to make the forest more accessible for everyone and be suitable for families, less experienced cyclists and those with access limitations. Benches and shelters will give ‘rest places’ and meet the needs of those with restricted health and mobility. There will be opportunities to explore and research the history of the landscape, take part in archaeological surveys and investigations and contribute to interpretation and learn new heritage skills. 

If the project goes ahead with lottery funding, Friends of Thetford Forest and Churchill Catering have each committed £3000 of matched-funding.

A decision from the Heritage Lottery Fund is expected in March 2017.

 

If you would like to know more about the project and become involved in developing it, please email highlodgefeedback@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

 

Last updated: 15th February 2017

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High Lodge Thetford Forest

0300 067 4400
highlodgefeedback@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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