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Thetford Conservation Group


Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we are sorry to say that the group’s activities are suspended until further notice. If you would like to hear from us when we start again, please contact Mark Webster via 01842 754247 / 07553 388551 OR

Thetford Conservation Group was launced in Thetford in 2019, aiming 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, scheduled ancient monuments, two woodlands and large stretches of beautiful riverside.

Thetford Conservation Group runs free activities, usually on both Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, 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 – anyone can join in and make a positive difference for local wildlife.  If aged 16-18 you will need signed parental consent, if you are under 16 you will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

The group has already started to tackle a wide variety of tasks, from helping conserve rare wildflower meadows to creating brand new woodland walks:

  • Over 40 people have joined us
  • 14 different sites have been improved
  • Approximately 13 acres (5.5 hectares) of Barnham Cross Common SSSI have been cleared of invasice scrub.
  • over 3000 trees have been planted at locations all around the town, as well as wildlife-friendly flowering shrubs and thousans of spring-flowering bulbs.

Plans are already underwar for the autumn-winter 2020-21, with further clearance of invasive scrub from Barnham Cross Common, reintroducing the ancient skill of hedgelaying at a new site in the town, and planting another 3000 trees at suitable locations as part of an ongoing campaign to tackle climate change.

If you are interested in joining in with any of the group’s activities, please contact Mark Webster via 01842 754 247 / 07553 388 551 or

To see what the group have been doing all around Thetford in the last new months, please download the PDF below. (please note that these downloads may not work with some internet browsers. If the download doesn’t work then please contact Mark to receive it via email.):


Thetford Town Council Offices

Head office for the Thetford Conservation Group

Nun's Bridges Car Park

Meeting point for Nun's Bridges and Ford Meadow

Maine Street

Meeting point for Maine Street Woods

Thetford Cemetery Car Park

Meeting point for Thetford Cemetery

Barnhamcross Common (Main) Northern Car Park

Meeting point for Barnhamcross Common

Bury Rd Car Park

Meeting point for School plain

Fairfields Play Area Car Park

Meeting point for Frederick's Wood

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