Friends of Thetford Forest chairman Anne Mason “absolutely amazed” at being awarded British Empire Medal

Friends of Thetford Forest chairman Anne Mason. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Friends of Thetford Forest chairman Anne Mason. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2015

Anne Mason has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to the Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) volunteer group and Heritage in Suffolk.

Ms Mason, who has been chairman of FoTF for 12 years, said she is 'absolutely amazed' at being given the medal as part of the Queen's Birthday honours list.

The freelance heritage consultant, who lives in Castle Acre, was instrumental in raising £130,000 for conservation works to conserve Mildenhall Warren Lodge.

She said: 'It is absolutely amazing and quite emotional and moving that people feel I am worthy of this award.

'I am deeply appreciative to be a recipient. I had no idea that this was coming my way.'

She added: 'I just absolutely love it. I love the involvement with Thetford Forest and helping to care for it because it is a lovely place.'

Ms Mason joined FoTF, which aims to promote understanding and enjoyment of the forest, when it was set up in 1995.

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She said she is 'enormously grateful' for the help and support from volunteers, the Forestry Commission and Norfolk and Suffolk Heritage Environmental Service.

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