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Forest Operations in East District

                        Harvester Thetford Kings Forest







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 through a Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) closure.  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

Kings Forest  Harvesting operations are taking place at Kings Forest.  This harvetsing map shows where work is taking place to help plan your visit and avoid the area.  Updates will be posted as work progresses but please obey all warning signs as the work program can change at short notice.

Hockwold: Harvesting is taking place at Hockwold.  The harvesting map can be used to help plan your visit.  Please obey all warning signs

High Ash Harvesting operations are now finished at High Ash (Diddlington) near Ickburgh.  Please be aware that timber lorries are still accessing the site and obey all warning signs.

Sandlings and Lavenham Beat

Rendlesham Harvesting of timber will take place throughout Autumn and Winter.  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: 30th September 2017

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