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Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge

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Exciting New Opportunity for High Lodge, Thetford Forest

The Forestry Commission has been offered a wonderful opportunity to bring the history of High Lodge alive for everyone, as it has been awarded a Round One Pass and Development Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project to make a new trail into the forest which will link and interpret its landscape history, wildlife and forest management. 

Ten thousand years of landscape history lie beneath the trees at High Lodge, Thetford Forest’s Centre.  To most visitors, this is ‘hidden history’ because there is currently little or no information about it or where to look for the special archaeological features such as burial mounds or warren banks and warren lodge sites.

Up to 5 kilometers in length, the trail will make the forest more accessible for everyone (excluding horse-riders) as it will have an all-ability smooth surface and be 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.

There will be opportunities to explore and research the history of the landscape, take part in archaeological surveys and investigations and contribute to interpretation and learn new heritage skills. 

During the one-year development phase, visitors to High Lodge and those looking online will have the opportunity to contribute to the planning of the new trail, to interpretation and activities so that they become resources for everyone to enjoy and benefit from. 

Glyn Bradbury, the Forestry Commission’s Recreation Manager, sees this project as an exciting opportunity for High Lodge. ‘It will greatly diversify our offer at High Lodge, providing new and unique opportunities for people to learn about its heritage and why trees and forests are so important’. Owen Manson, Trails Ranger, is equally as enthusiastic: ‘The Development of this project is truly a fantastic addition to the site. This will open the door to the unique heritage of the Forest, whilst creating a new, fully accessible trail through some of the UK’s largest lowland pine forest.

If you would like to know more about the project and become involved in developing it, please email

Note to Editors:

High Lodge, between Thetford and Brandon, is the visitor hub for Thetford Forest, offering recreational facilities for 400 000 visitors annually.

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. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.

The Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery @HLFEoE

First-round pass

Heritage Grants* applications are assessed in two rounds.  A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding. A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the project is confirmed

 Media contact

Anne Mason, Project Manager 01760 755685