The EDP says - felling Thetford Forest as Germaine Greer suggests would surely mean we lose a great asset to our region

PUBLISHED: 16:59 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:59 20 March 2017

Cycling through Thetford Forest around the High Lodge Centre.


Cycling through Thetford Forest around the High Lodge Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Germaine Greer is well-known for making some controversial statements - and even though her interview on BBC Radio Four’s Farming Today programme was broadcast at 5.45am, it did not go unnoticed.

Ms Greer’s argument is about what is best for the conservation of wildlife in that area and she is entitled to her views.

But there is equally a case that the forest is just as beneficial for wildlife - and Thetford Forest offers so much more to our area than that.

As well as being important for producing timber - the reason it was created - it is also one of the most beautiful and picturesque parts of the country.

It is third most popular tourist attraction in the region and with the High Lodge Visitor Centre, Go Ape, Center Parcs and even just a stroll in the forest, there is so much to do.

As well as being a site that many people enjoy all year round, it brings a massive boost to the economy and bringing visitors to the area. Without that as something to draw people in, the whole of Norfolk may suffer.

Ms Greer’s comments of felling the trees is a particularly emotive one and has certainly got a strong reaction.

Felling the trees would surely mean we lose an amazing asset that not only boosts the region’s economy but also brings so much joy to the area.

We should be looking to keep it and use it to our advantage, not lose it.

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