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New Tremendous Tree House at High Lodge

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Enjoy a family forest adventure at High Lodge, Thetford Forest. Discover the awesome new Tree House and Climbing Forest in one of the Forestry Commission’s biggest and most impressive play areas.

High Lodge play area has continued to grow in recent years and now boasts over 70 pieces of play equipment for children of all ages and abilities. The brand new tree house is a great addition and will test the nerve of young courageous climbers and dare devil balancers. The climbing forest is cleverly designed to imitate the way we would naturally climb through trees and will push children’s abilities to be strong, nimble and brave. We hope this will give children the confidence and capability to safely climb and explore real trees. For little ones who want to develop their skills slowly, there are plenty of low rope bridges and tightropes to practice balancing leading up to a second tree house with a fantastic rope tunnel and slide. 

The Tree House is set further away from the main play area which we hope will encourage families to explore the forest but fear not,, there are plenty of benches to relax on once you get there which were kindly donated by the Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF). You can also test out our new Sky Seats,  carved out of a Giant Redwood tree locally sourced from Lynford Hall. Giant Redwoods are some of the biggest trees in the world and make amazing loungers, allowing you to comfortably lie back, relax and take in the view of the tree canopy against a bright blue sky. 

Holly Berwick , Recreation Ranger said:

‘The Tree House and Climbing Forest is the most challenging piece of play equipment we have on site and is a fantastic piece of kit which really pushes children’s abilities to climb, swing and balance as well as developing a good head for heights. The Climbing Forest has been designed to not only help improve children’s physical abilities but also aid their mental development and wellbeing’.

Anne Mason Chair of FoTF said:

‘We are delighted that children visiting High Lodge will now have a Tree House for exploration and adventure. FoTF has supported this exciting project by providing benches for parents and grandparents to sit close by.’ 

The Forestry Commission are grateful to the FoTF for their kind support for this exciting project.  

While at High Lodge you can also explore our beautiful trails, show off your cycle skills on the pump track and swing through the trees at Go Ape. After your adrenaline filled adventures you can relax, chat and share your experiences over a coffee or lunch at the High Lodge Café with friends and family.


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