Wildlife heritage of Thetford Forest the focus of workshops
The free events are part of the Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge project.
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As part of the initiative, since October 2017 volunteers have received training in heritage research skills.
Already they have given over 1,470 hours to the project and are discovering new knowledge about the history of High Lodge.
Anne Mason, project manager, said: “For the next few months, the focus is on the wildlife and we have a number of workshops designed to help identify trees, birds, plants, butterflies, moths and amphibians. There is so much we still don’t know about the density and distribution of species and volunteers can make such a valuable contribution.”
A new trail is being constructed as part of the project.
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The 4.2km trail at High Lodge will flag up areas of historical interest along its route, which date back long before the forest was planted during the 1920s.
The basic construction was completed on target at the end of March.
Currently the trail needs to bed in and have its final sign-off early in 2019, when it will be fully accessible by wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
In the meantime, the route of the trail can be walked but is currently not yet way marked.
The building of two shelters along the trail is still to take place. There will also be benches and rest perches at regular intervals along the route, which has shortcuts at 1km and 3kms.
Information about the workshops can be found at the Forestry Commission website or at the information point at High Lodge.
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