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Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge

The Heritage Lottery Fund has generously awarded a grant to the Forestry Commission for a project to make a new trail into the forest which will link and interpret its landscape history, wildlife and forest management. 

Ministry of Labour camp at High Lodge - 1930s postcardThanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project will make the forest and its heritage more accessible for everyone as it will include constructing a 4.2km all-ability trail with a smooth surface 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.

Planting Thetford Forest - 1930s FC archivesDuring the two-year project, there will be opportunities for everyone to explore and research the history of the landscape, take part in archaeological surveys and investigations and learn new heritage skills. There will be training to carry out wildlife surveys; to help produce activities for schools and families and to contribute to interpretation.

RAF aerial photograph of High Lodge  - 1946 FC archivesThe Project will be launched at High Lodge on Thursday 27 July and there is no site entry to pay on this day, as it is the annual Open Day for the site. Friends of Thetford Forest volunteers will have information about the project and you can sign up to receive details and register your interest.

The construction of the trail will start in the autumn and take approximately six months, followed by the building of two shelters and then the interpretation of the heritage. Day schools, workshops and family events will be happening throughout the project and there will be publicity at the High Lodge Information Point; on social media, on this website and at

Glyn Bradbury, Recreation Manager for the Forestry Commission said: “We are delighted to have received this funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and also funding and support from other important partners and stakeholders. This project is a very exciting development for High Lodge and will give all visitors new opportunities to explore and learn about our diverse and beautiful forests rich in ecological diversity and historical interest.”

If you are interested in this project and would like to be involved, please email


Last updated: 23rd June 2017


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