History of Thetford Forest

High Lodge in Thetford Forest. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

High Lodge in Thetford Forest. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2015

Thetford Forest is the largest man-made pine forest in the United Kingdom and covers an area about the size of a city.

Established in the 1920s by the Forestry Commission, it forms a large part of the history of the Brecks landscape and contains nearly 19,000 hectares of trees.

It is a habitat to a range of wildlife and has a large population of deer and muntjac, as well as a wide variety of birds.

It is nationally-designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its birds, plants, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and geology.

Thetford Forest is the third most visited tourist attraction in the area, with the Friends of Thetford Forest saying: 'It is a significant open access space in East Anglia and attracts regular visitors within a fifty mile radius who come to enjoy the varied outdoor recreation opportunities it offers.'

Thetford Forest produces timber for the nation and provides employment not only for foresters but for contractors, sawmillers, hauliers and tourism-related businesses.

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