Workshops and activities launched which will enable visitors to discover the hidden history of Thetford Forest
A range of workshops and activities will offer visitors to Thetford Forest a chance to learn about the area’s heritage.
The events are part of the Forestry Commission’s two-year project called Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge.
Launched in July, a new 4.2km trail will be created to inform people about the hidden history which lies beneath UK’s largest man-made lowland forest.
The workshops will enable people to explore and research the history of the landscape, take part in archaeological surveys and investigations, carry out wildlife surveys, and help produce activities for schools and families and learn new heritage skills.
Project manager Anne Mason said many of the activities are suitable for families and students as well as adults.
She added: “We’re trying to ensure that the activities are available to everyone and that age or a health or physical limitation is not a barrier to taking part.”
The £750,000 project received a grant of £610,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the activities are free to attend.
Six workshops are planned until December. These are, help with accessing historic records on October 9, how to use the Norfolk and Suffolk Historic Environment Records on October 18, and how to interpret aerial photographs and LIDAR images on November 14.
The research skills will help on December 12 when the Forestry Commission will be searching for references to wildlife in old documents.
The 600-year-old warrening industry will be delved into at a workshop on November 19, which includes a visit to Mildenhall Warren Lodge, and on December 6 there is a practical course on how to care for archaeological earthwork sites.
The activities will take place at the Oak Lodge Community Building at High Lodge.
The all-ability trail, which will include audio listening posts, which will give information about the history of the site, will be formally opened of to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Forestry Commission in 2019.
A list of activities for 2018 and 2019 is available to view but the dates are still to be finalised.
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To book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Forestry Commission on 0300 067 4556.