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Last chance to enjoy future forest tour with Tom Piper

‘Three Graces’ at Future Forest – Photo: Forestry England

Future Forest at High Lodge Forest Centre comes to a close this month and limited tickets are available for three final guided tours.

The project opened in October 2019 and is due to close on the 28th September 2020 and you can book now for a guided tour with those that designed and worked on this project.

Future Forest is a unique series of six arts installation sites that takes visitors on a voyage of discovery, not only of each site as each location has been carefully chosen, but also the wider forest that is waiting to be explored.

Designed and created by Lisa Wright (multi award winning artist including The National Open Art Prize, Hunting Art Prize and the Threadneedle Art Prize & former artist in residence at the RSC) and Tom Piper (world renowned theatre designer, ten years as Associate Designer at the RSC and well known for ‘Seas of Red’ (The Poppies) at The Tower of London in 2014 seen by over five million people).

The project is made up of six dramatic classical based sculptural and bespoke designed timber installations that encourage visitors to stop and think about the importance of forests in and our lives, the peace that woodland brings and what the future forests may yet look like for generations to come.

The figures were lovingly sculpted, and hand painted by Lisa and the timber used for Tom’s staging all comes from the forest estate. The trail takes you into some areas of the forest that many may not normally explore as well as also using open spaces that are easily accessible.

Maps are available from the Visitor Info Point and the trail is sign posted. There is no charge other than the car parking for experiencing this amazing project.

A guided tour is an opportunity to get real insight and behind the scenes stories of how Future Forest came to be and what it means to at High Lodge. Bookings for guided tours can be made by emailing highlodge.feedback@forestryengland.uk or calling 0300 067 4401.

Guided Tours are offered on:

  • Friday 18th September for the Dusk Tour starting at 6pm; arrive no later than 5:30pm to access the site
  • Saturday 26th September for the Future Forest & Forest Resilience Tour at 10am
  • Saturday 26th September for the Future Forest & Forest Resilience Tour at 12.15pm

Each tour will be led by Matthew Jeffery, Forestry England’s Future Forest Co-Project Manager WITH Tom Piper, Future Forest Creative Designer also attending, so a rare opportunity to get behind the scenes.

For the Saturday 26th tours Eleanor Tew will also be on hand to talk about the Forest Resilience programme and give valuable insight into what the future holds for forests in Thetford area.

The tour will take approx. 1.5 hours with opportunity for Q & A as you go and at the end. The trail requires sensible walking footwear but is not challenging.

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