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St Helen’s Picnic Site Consultation

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St Helen's

Forestry Commission England is currently holding a consultation to gather feedback and ideas on the sustainable management of St Helen's Picnic Site in Thetford Forest.

St Helen’s, located close to the village of Santon Downham, near Brandon is a beautiful and popular forest destination.  A steady rise in visitor numbers over the last few years has seen increased site management pressures and costs. This includes removing high levels of rubbish, keeping the toilet block and car park maintained and addressing vandalism.  Over the summer period the toilet sewage system failed because of the high number of visitors and the budget to permanently fix this and deal with the other rising costs is not currently available.

Forestry Commission England are going to look at how they can sustainably manage high cost facilities on site such as the toilet block, waste bins and easy access trail. This could be through removing facilities that aren’t a priority to reduce maintenance costs or bring in new income to sustain or enhance what is currently there.

Before any decisions are made, Forestry Commission England  is seeking views and ideas from any interested parties and visitors to St Helen's. 
Visit the online discussion at and click on St Helen’s Picnic Site Consultation which has been running for 12 weeks until the 15th of January 2017 


Come to one of the Forestry Commission  drop in session on Sunday 18th December 2016  or Saturday 7th January 2017 10am – 2pm  at the Classroom, Forestry Commission Office car park, Santon Downham, IP27 0TJ


Notes to editors
1. There are lots of beautiful sites to visit for free around Thetford Forest.  Go to and choose "Places to Visit".

2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.

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

3. Media contact: Victoria Tustian, Thetford Forest Recreation Manager: or 0300 067 4551