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How to get involved in the project

There are many opportunities during the two year project to learn new skills and help discover the hidden history of High Lodge.

You can research the history of the landscape, take part in archaeological surveys and investigations and carry out wildlife surveys. Training workshops will provide the skills you need. You can also help to design and produce activities for schools and families and contribute to interpretation.

 If you are interested in this project and would like to be involved or book a place for any of the activities listed below, please email or telephone 0300 067 4556 or write to Project Manager, High Lodge Heritage Project, Forest District Office, Santon Downham, Brandon, Suffolk IP27 0TJ.

Some of the activities listed below will be for a whole day; some half a day and some as an evening session, usually on a Wednesday or a Saturday.

With the exception of the visit to the Norfolk Record Office, all activities will take place at the Oak Lodge Community Building at High Lodge and outdoors at High Lodge. Instructions and information will be sent to those booking places.

Activities 2017 - any past activities can be repeated if there is sufficient demand. Contact details as shown above.

Activities 2018 - some dates to be confirmed. Please book as soon as possible as demand is likely to be high.

  • January
    Sat 13 January  - Exploring Earthworks at High Lodge
     Conservation work on Sites of Special Scientific Interest at High Lodge
  • Sat 20 January - Discover the Landscape of Warrening Workshop
  • Fri 26 January - Discovering Burial Mounds at High Lodge
  • Sat 27 & Sun 28 January  - Geophysics on the archaeological sit
  • February
    10,11,17 & 18 February  - Archaeological Investigation to locate the site of  the warren lodge
  • 18 February - improving the habitat for the Great Crested Newt. FOTF Conservation task - see
  • March
  • Sat 3 March - Identifying and processing finds
  • Sun 4 March -  Writing an Archaeological Report 
  • Sat 17 March - The Origins of the Flint Mines at High Lodge
  • Sun 18 March - Conservation work for Nightjar habitat. FOTF Conservation task - see
  • Sun 25 March - Discovery Day - The Working Forest
  • Fri 30 March - Community monitoring of earthwork sites
  • April
  • 21st April - How to identify tree species and veteran trees
  • 28th April -  How to identify birds of High Lodge and Thetford Forest  
     TBC - How to identify amphibians and reptiles at High Lodge
  • May
  • 9 May - Exploring Trackways and Historic Routes around High Lodge 
  •  Sat 12 May - How to track and identify animal and bird prints
  • June 
     TBC - How to identify plants of High Lodge and Thetford Forest
  • July
  • 7 July - Revealing the Secrets of High Lodge Field
  • 11 July - How to identify butterflies, moths and insects
  • 17 July - Drawing and Painting in the Forest
  • August
  • TBC - Making Arrowheads and Gunflints  
  • Sat 25 August - Making Nets for Warrening
  • September
  • Sat 8 Sept - Heritage open Day
  • 30 Sept - Discovering the Historic Landscape of the parkland, plantation boundaries and shelter belts.
  • October
  • TBC - How to identify deer at High Lodge and Thetford Forest
  • Sun 6 Oct - Living off the Land
  • 20 Oct - Discovering the High Lodge Railway
  • November
  • 4 Nov - Photographing the forest
     TBC - Planning for Climate Change in Thetford Forest
  • December
  • 1 Dec - Exploring flint-facing on the warren banks 
  • January 2019
  • TBC - How to organise events, talks & visits for Heritage projects

Additional Activities

  • April 2018 – April 2019
    Carrying out Wildlife Surveys
  • July 2018 – January 2019
    Researching and writing text and sourcing images for the interpretation of the heritage
  • August 2018 – January 2019
    Researching and writing text and sourcing images for educational materials for schools.










Last updated: 18th January 2018

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