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How well do you know Thetford Forest? Here are 10 interesting facts

Thetford Forest is not only a place for leisure. it's also used for logging and important conservation work. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Thetford Forest is not only a place for leisure. it's also used for logging and important conservation work. Picture: Sonya Duncan

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It is one of the most picturesque and well-loved sites of natural beauty in our region, but how much do you know about Thetford Forest? Here are some interesting facts.

James Bay performing at the Forest Live gig at Thetford Forest. Picture: Lee Blanchflower at Blanc-Creatve. James Bay performing at the Forest Live gig at Thetford Forest. Picture: Lee Blanchflower at Blanc-Creatve.

1. It is the UK’s largest man-made forest - it is also the largest lowland pine forest in England, covering 18,730 hectares.

2. High Lodge is one of the venues for the Forest Live gigs. Ed Sheeran, James Bay, The Script and Simply Red are some of the acts which have graced the stage.

Thetford Forest. Picture: Sonya Duncan Thetford Forest. Picture: Sonya Duncan

3. The first trees were planted during the 1920s - shortly after the Forestry Commission was established to replenish the nation’s timber following the First World War.

Archive picture of men working in the forest. Picture: Forestry Commission Archive picture of men working in the forest. Picture: Forestry Commission

4. The forest was planted on open heath land and shooting estates. Beneath the trees are prehistoric flint mines and Bronze Age burial mounds.

High Lodge visitor centre in Thetford Forest. Picture: Sonya Duncan High Lodge visitor centre in Thetford Forest. Picture: Sonya Duncan

5. The High Lodge visitor centre was built in 1992. It offers the start of many different trails into the forest and is also home to the popular Go Ape and adventure play.

6. Warren Lodge, located near Rishbeth Woods, is thought to have been built in the 1400s by the prior of Thetford. It protected gamekeepers against poachers.

Thetford Warren Lodge. Picture: Sonya Duncan Thetford Warren Lodge. Picture: Sonya Duncan

7. It is an internationally important Special Protection Area, a nationally designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Areas of Conservation.

High Lodge in Thetford Forest . Picture: Sonya Duncan High Lodge in Thetford Forest . Picture: Sonya Duncan

8. It is home to a wide variety of tree species, including Corsican pine, Douglas Fir, larch, Weymouth pine and broadleaves.

9. Thetford Forest is the third most visited attraction in the region with more than 1.5 million visitors annually.

10. A voluntary body, called The Friends of Thetford Forest , was established in 1995. It aims to increase knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment of the forest.

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