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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. 

Thanks 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.

During 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.

The Project was launched at High Lodge on Thursday 27 July at the annual Open Day for the site. Friends of Thetford Forest volunteers have information about the project and you can sign up to receive details and register your interest.

The construction of the trail started in October and will take approximately six months, followed by the building of two shelters and then the interpretation of the heritage.

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

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Last updated: 17th November 2017

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