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Forest Operations in East District

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The Forestry Commission sustainably manage the Public Forest Estate for people and wildlife through the production and sale of timber. This page provides updates on large scale forest operations in East England Forest District. 


When timber harvesting takes place we close the work area to the public.  However, we would like visitors to be able to plan ahead and use other parts of the forest safely through the updates this page provides.

Occassionally forest operations have to take place at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances. Not all forest operations appear on this web page so always obey warning and restriction signs on site. 

Current Harvesting Operations in East District

Thetford Beat

Mildenhall: Harvesting will take place throughout May and the Warren Lodge Trail will be closed to allow operations to take place.  Please use the harvesting map to help plan your visit and obey all forest signage to keep safe.

Kings Forest: Harvesting is taking place throughout spring and summer.  Please use the harvesting map to plan your visit and avoid work areas.  Always obey all forest signage.

West Stow: Harvesting is taking place in West Stow and will include the closure of the Icklingham Road B1106 from the 5th – 9th February 2018 between Elveden and Wordwell to fell road side trees. This will be from 09:00 – 15:00.  Please use the harvesting map to help avoid operational areas.

Brandon Country Park  As part of our normal forest management, we will be tree harvesting within Brandon Country Park. Please see the highlighted red area on the harvesting map to help you avoid the operational area.  We anticipate operations will take place from the 16th April, finishing on the 20th April.  Please follow diversions and all site signage

Sandlings and Lavenham Beat

Rendlesham Harvesting of timber will take place throughout 2018.  Please use the Harvesting Map to help plan your visit and avoid work areas.

Tunstall Harvesting of timer will take place over the Autumn and Winter.  Please use the Harvesting Map to help plan your visit and avoid work areas.

Kent Beat

Dene Park: Timber harvesting operations have now been completed in Dene Park and the car park is now open for use. There are several stacks of timber remaining to be collected, therefore please take care and obey all warning signs. Thank you for your understanding and assistance whilst we carried out harvesting operations in this wood.

Hemstead Forest: Harvesting is expected to start in Hemsted Forest w/c 24th October and is expected to take approximately two months. Public access will still be permitted but visitors will need to follow and obey safety signage.  More information will be available shortly.

After harvesting has finished

The heavy machinery used in forest operations can make access routes into the forest muddy.  The Forestry Commission have a responsibility to ensure rights of way are restored and the forest is left in a recoverable condition after the work is complete. This can take a little time to complete so please be patient.

Forest Plans

The Public Forest Estate is a sustainable working forest and plays an important role in supplying the British timber market.  All public forests have a Forest Plan to help us balance the needs of people and nature, without compromising sustainable timber production.  Visit our East England Forest Plans page to view the forest plans for the forests we manage.

You can find out more about how the Forestry Commission sustainably manage the forest for timber, people and wildlife at

Last updated: 10th July 2018

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.