Croxton Estate acquired by Forestry England
Some 92 years after it was first offered for sale to the Forestry England, the Croxton Estate, near Thetford, has now been bought by it.
The Forestry Commission agency persuaded Crown Estate Commissioners to buy the land instead back then, but now after negotiations between the two parties lasting three years, the deal for the 2,500 hectares of land has been done.
Forestry England used compensation funding from Highways England for the A11 dualling scheme at Thetford, to complete the deal.
Forest management director, Alex Brearley said: "Securing the freehold on this important estate has ensured the long-term viability and future of this important part of Thetford Forest.
"We look forward to developing plans to enhance the area for the public, biodiversity and nature conservation, timber production and carbon capture.”
The largest single freehold acquisition ever in the East England Forest District was welcomed by the chairwoman of The Friends of Thetford Forest (FOTF).
Anne Mason said: "This year has shown howimportant it is for all of us to be outdoors, for our health and well-being, so increasing the extent of Thetford Forest is a wonderful and most welcome achievement.
FOTF is delighted that this former estate will be managed for sustainable timber production, wildlife, archaeology and recreation.”
Close to High Lodge Visitor Centre, in Thetford Forest, Forestry England said the acquisition would connect the recreation facility to significant additional land for public recreation.