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Health and Safety

The safety of groups is paramount and we are very happy to discuss any concerns you may have before your visit.

Suitable clothing

High Lodge is an outdoor environment and your students should come dressed appropriately.
We recommend sturdy/waterproof shoes, warm waterproof coat & warm jumper as the minimum.
During the summer months a sun hat, sun cream & water is recommended. Shorts and sandals should be avoided due to brambles and ticks in the forest.

Staying safe on the day

It is the responsibility of the group leader to manage the behaviour of students and enforce the guidelines provided.
All accompanying adults are expected to understand their responsibilities and take an active part in the day.

Risk assessment

It is the group leader’s responsibility to complete a risk assessment for their schools visit.
A site risk assessment will be sent to you on booking.  Risk assessments are also provided for all Forestry Commission education programmes.
Remember the forest is a working forest and certain areas may be restricted at times.

If you have not visited High Lodge recently, we recommend you arrange a preliminary visit to discuss your programme and familiarise yourself with the site.

Emergency contact

Mobile telephones have poor reception at High Lodge. Should you need to contact anyone during your visit please go to the Site Entry Information Office.

First Aid

Primary responsibility for administering first aid rests with your designated school first aider(s) and it is your responsibility to ensure that at least one accompanying adult per class has first aid training and is carrying a first aid kit. Should you need further assistance please go to the Site Entry Information Office, where staff can alert a first aider.

Supervision ratios

It is your responsibility to ensure adequate supervision ratios according to ratios laid out by your school/Local Authority.

Special needs

All special requirements should be stated on the booking form.  Telephone 0300 067 4400 for options on mobility scooter or wheelchair use.


Your school, through the LEA if appropriate, will indemnify the Forestry Commission against all claims arising from any loss or damage, or injury or death to participants and any third parties arising from the negligence of its members or agents. During the period of your visit, your school must maintain an insurance policy with a reputable insurance company for an amount of not less than £5 million in repect of any one claim. The amount of such insurance shall not limit the liability of the school/LEA to the Forestry Commission. This clause does not reduce the liability of the Forestry Commission for its own actions or negligence.

Private schools are expected to provide the Forestry Commission with a copy of their Public Liability Insurance certificate, prior to their visit.  


The Forestry Commission reserves the right to amend or cancel visits if these guidelines are not adhered to.

Last updated: 10th July 2018

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OS Grid ref: TL807864
Postcode: IP27 0AF

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High Lodge Thetford Forest

0300 067 4400

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