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High Lodge and Thetford Forest Volunteering Opportunities

Active Forest Volunteer

Come and help out at Active Forest events at High Lodge.  We are looking for Sport Event Marshalls to help set up and monitor sections of the event route around the forest.  You will be vital in keeping participants safe, showing them where to go and cheering them on.  Take a look the Sport Event Marshall volunteer job description.

Volunteer Site Wardens

Thetford has a number of picnic sites which are fantastic gateways to explore the wider forest. We are looking for volunteers who would like to help look afer these sites as site wardens.  You would be required to inspect the site regulary, litter pick and report back any maintenance issues to the Forestry Commission.  Site wardens are essential to making Thetford a welcoming place for visitors.  Check out the Site Warden volunteer job description to see if this is for you.

Volunteer Trail Inspectors

We have a number of waymarked walking trails around Thetford Forest and High Lodge which need regular inspections.  The Friends of Thetford Forest work with the Forestry Commission to help inspect these trails.  This is important to ensure the trails are well maintainted by reporting any problems to the Forestry Commission.  Trails range from 2 to 5 miles in length and you can choose a trail which is convenient to you to walk and check.

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We are currently looking for volunteers to Meet and Greet our visitors at High Lodge with infectious enthusiasm about the forest and all the facilities we offer on site. The volunteers will actively promote the work the Friends of Thetford Forest carry out in the area and encourage support through Friends membership. Additionally, Meet and Greet volunteers will champion the High Lodge Discovery pass and all its benefits.  For more information about this opportunity contact High Lodge on 0300 067 44 00 or  

Conservation Volunteer   

The Conservation Volunteers are members of the Friends of Thetford Forest who meet up on the third Sunday of each month at different locations around Thetford Forest.  They carry out hands on practical tasks to benefit Thetford's amazing wildlife and habitats.  Check out the Friends of Thetford Forest web page for more information.

Lynford Arboretum Group

The Lynford Arboretum Group are members of the Friends of Thetford Forest who carry out practical horticultural tasks in the Arboretum.  They help to nurture and improve the shrub layer and make Lynford Arboretum a welcoming place for visitors.

More information about these opportunities can be found at

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 Thetford Improved Mountain Biking EnviRonment run regular build days to maintain, develop and improve the cycling trails within Thetford Forest.

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For further details regarding any of these volunteering opportunities, please contact High Lodge on 0300 067 44 00 or email                   

The People’s History of Thetford Forest Project

This Forestry Commission project aims to seek out the people who have lived and worked in the Forest, employed in a variety of roles and allied trades. The project will record their stories, memories, knowledge and experience alongside those in equivalent roles today, to compare changes in working practices and conditions. The Project needs volunteers to be trained in oral history interviewing, editing and typing up recordings and in cataloguing archival materials, to help create an oral history archive documenting the history of Thetford Forest.

If you would like to be involved, please get in touch.  Whether you have memories to share or you’d like to volunteer for the project, we’d love to hear from you. For more information please click here.

Contact Vicky Tustian





Last updated: 21st September 2018

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