High Lodge celebrates 100 years of Thetford Forest with Free Open Day


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To celebrate 100 years of Thetford Forest, Forestry England are inviting everyone to High Lodge for an Open day. There will be an interesting range of exciting displays and stands on Thursday 28th July. Site entry and parking will be FREE all day with prizes and taster sessions to be enjoyed.


The main green at High Lodge will be transformed for the day with interactive activities and displays from harvesting machinery to running groups, heritage to classic forestry vehicles. A great chance to find a new activity in the forest or to find out how the world of forestry really works.


At a glance*:

Forest machinery
‘Make 100’ activity challenge
Guided running coaching

Yoga and forest bathing taster sessions
Vintage tool display
Conifer artwork
Harvesting simulator

Guest appearances from Dad’s Army, Disc Golf UK and Combat Paintball

*Some actives are pay-to-play

Megan Bradsworth, Forestry England High Lodge Thetford Forest Manager says;

“The nation’s forests are for everyone and we’re delighted that the High Lodge Open Day, to celebrate 100 years of Thetford Forest, will highlight what Forestry England has done and continues to do in the region. It’s a free event and will be a fun way to start the summer holidays.”  


A static exhibition displaying the 100 years of Thetford Forest is on display at High Lodge to reflect the past, the present and what a future might look like with climate change and tree species diversification. Forestry England are also counting down the years from 1922 to 2022 on social media with pictures and text for every years.


The first trees of Thetford Forest were planted on land at Beechamwell close to Swaffham in 1922, the forest has grown to over 19,000 hectares and today it creates a striking landscape in East Anglia.


The High Lodge Open Day to celebrate 100 years of Thetford Forest is a FREE to access event on 28 July between 10am to 4pm. Visit https://www.forestryengland.uk/forest-event/events-high-lodge/100-years-thetford-forest-open-day for more information.

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