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Strong winds cause damage to sites in Thetford Forest

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:19 18 January 2018

Uprooted trees at High Lodge, Thetford Forest. Picture: High Lodge, Thetford Forest/Forestry Commission

Uprooted trees at High Lodge, Thetford Forest. Picture: High Lodge, Thetford Forest/Forestry Commission

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Damage has been caused to many parts of Thetford Forest following the strong winds.

High Lodge, near Brandon, will be closed on Friday.

The early morning winds - with gusts at more than 65mph - caused a lot of damage over the whole of the site.

Forestry Commission staff are still assessing the damage and are making the site safe.

Lynford Arboretum has “suffered significant damage” and visitors are asked to avoid the area until it can be fully assessed.

The site at Lynford Arboretum, Thetford Forest, which has been damaged by winds. Picture: Thetford Forest/Forestry CommissionThe site at Lynford Arboretum, Thetford Forest, which has been damaged by winds. Picture: Thetford Forest/Forestry Commission

At the West Stow Picnic Site the trail is currently impassable as several trees are down.

And Thorpe Woodlands Adventure Centre, near Thetford, is also closed. The centre’s Facebook page said: “With all this wind we have had a bit of damage on site and are currently without power or water - If anyone is thinking of visiting us over the next few days we would recommend you save it until next week.”

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