Campaigners ask candidates about protection of Thetford Forest

Thetford news from the Bury Free Press
Thetford news from the Bury Free Press

A local group of environmental campaigners are lobbying Parliamentary candidates in Norfolk and Suffolk to find out their plans to protect public forests in the UK.

The Friends of Thetford Forest (FOTF) began operating in 2005 aiming to increase knowledge and enjoyment of the open woodland and promote its development.

In advance of the General Election, the group sent letters to all current and prospective MPs in the constituencies surrounding the Thetford Forest to gauge their views on public woodlands and how they would see them treated in the future.

Anne Mason, chair of FOTF, said: “Thetford Forest is the largest open access space in East Anglia and as such is incredibly important to a large number of people.

“Until legislation to protect the public estate goes through Parliament, it will remain under threat.

“We’re trying to ensure all the candidates know we as a group have not gone away.”

To find out more about the group, see www.fotf.org.uk.