Thetford's Green Gym

PUBLISHED: 07:39 27 November 2009 | UPDATED: 21:48 07 July 2010

FOR people who dislike traditional exercise but would like to keep fit a new 'green gym' in Thetford could provide the motivation.

FOR people who dislike traditional exercise but would like to keep fit a new “green gym” in Thetford could provide the motivation.

Working at Nunnery Lakes, on the site of the British Trust for Ornithology, volunteers could find themselves pruning hedges, repairing a boardwalk or restoring heathland.

The Department of Health initiative is free to everyone and the group takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Project officer Britta Lipper begins the group with warm-up stretches and discusses the work to be done and the safe use of tools.

She said: “It's certainly different to a conventional gym - people are chatting together while they work, enjoying meeting new people as much as learning new skills.

“This is a gym with no Lycra in sight, no competitive atmosphere and no pumping music.

“In contrast, the Thetford Green Gym has bird song and a seasonally changing environment.

“The difference made by a handful of people after a three-hour session is clear, and everyone can go home proud of a job well done.”

For more information contact Britta Lipper on 01842 757349 or e-mail

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