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Thetford Conservation Group

Thetford Town Council, The Carnegie, Cage Lane, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2DS
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About Us 

Thetford Conservation Group aims to give a wide range of people the chance to get close to nature and help look after some of the town’s fantastic green open spaces – which include a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a scheduled ancient monument, two woodlands and large stretches of beautiful riverside.

Thetford Conservation Group will run free activities on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with a mixture of practical conservation tasks and opportunities to learn more about local natural history. “You don’t have to be physically fit or strong, or have any previous knowledge or experience in order to take part”, says Thetford Town Council’s new Countryside and Planning Officer Mark Webster, who has been running projects like this since 1993. Anyone can join in and make a positive difference for local wildlife.

The group will tackle a wide variety of tasks such as helping conserve rare wildflower species on Barnham Cross Common and planting bulbs and trees. Thetford is lucky to have so many wonderful green spaces freely accessible to the public. Thetford Conservation Group will give local people the chance to meet new people and learn new skills, whilst helping to improve our special wildlife habitats.

Anyone interested in joining in with any of the group’s activities should contact Mark Webster via 01842 754 247/ 07553 388 551 or markwebster@thetfordtowncouncil.gov.uk 

Our Sessions

Sessions run from 10.30am – 1.00pm on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Join us for either – or both!  Mobile number to contact us on the day: 07553 388 551.

Age Restrictions
Anyone over 18 to take part (unless you have unspent convictions for serious criminal offences). If you are 16-18 you will need to get a consent form signed by a parent or carer, under 16s can only join in if accompanied at all times by a responsible adult.

Booking
You don’t usually have to book, but if you would find it helpful to ask us anything before coming on a project for the first time, please do contact us - see below. 

Meeting Points
If you would like a map, or directions to the site, please contact us.

We Provide
All tools, protective equipment, and tea/coffee will be provided again when CoVid regulations permit this. We usually have a tea-break about halfway through each session. Please bring your own food and drink if you wish. If a site has toilets this is indicated on the programme by ‘WC’ in the ‘Site Meeting Point’ column.

Please Wear
Old work clothes, suitable for the weather.  If you have them, please bring reasonably sturdy shoes or boots, and rainwear.  We provide work gloves.

Tetanus
Please check if your tetanus inoculation is up to date.

COVID
If you have any symptoms, do not attend.  We keep 2m apart at all times and do not share equipment.

If you are interested in wildlife and getting involved in practical work to improve local habitats this would be a great opportunity for you!! 

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