Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge

New project with an impressive programme of free events

The Forestry Commission has been awarded £610 000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project at High Lodge, Santon Downham to make a new trail into Thetford Forest which will link and interpret its landscape history, wildlife and forest management.

The 4.2km all-ability trail will make the forest and its heritage more accessible for everyone as it will have a smooth surface 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.

Warren Bank at High Lodge
Warren Bank at High Lodge (Photo: A J Spidy)

During the two-year project, there will be opportunities for everyone to explore and research the history of the landscape, take part in archaeological surveys and investigations and learn new heritage skills. There will be training to carry out wildlife surveys; to help produce activities for schools and families and to contribute to interpretation. All are free to participants and those who have booked a place will not have to pay the site entry charge.

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

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