This is the second consultation on St Helen's Picnic Site.  The ideas and feedback from the first consultation are still available to view in See all ideas above. The Consultation report from last year is also available to view on the St Helen's Picnic Site web page.  All feedback from last year and this year will be considered.

St Helen’s Picnic Site in Thetford Forest is a popular visitor destination managed by the Forestry Commission.  A steady increase in visitors over the last few years has seen a rise in costs to maintain the facilities which are putting pressure on budgets to maintain the toilet block, deal with vandalism and remove rubbish.  St Helen's is also home to a scheduled monument, a medieval moat, which means any improvements or developments on site are restricted and require approval from Historic England.

To ensure the site is managed to a good standard the Forestry Commission need to look at how we can sustainably care for St Helen's.  This could be through removing facilities to reduce maintenance costs and free up budget for other priorities or bringing in income to sustain what is currently there. Possible options are the closure of the toilet block or reintroduction of pay and display.

Have your say

Before any decisions are made, the Forestry Commission want to hear the views of visitors to St Helen's with regard to:

  • Reducing expenditure by removing facilities or generating income to keep facilities and sustain the site
  • We'd also like to know a little about how you use St Helen's and how often.

You can make a suggestion by selecting the "Add an idea" button at the top (or bottom) of the page.

As well as contributing your own ideas, the forum enables you to rate and comment on ideas suggested by others. It is important that you rate other people's suggestions as it allows us to understand consensus views. You can see everyone's ideas by selecting the "See all ideas" button at the top of the page. 

Please note that inappropriate or irrelevant comments and ideas will be removed

What Happens Next?

The initial discussion will continue until the 17th of September 2017 and once all the feedback from both consultations has been considered your we’ll decide how to progress.  We receive we aim to publish our findings and proposals by the 29th of September 2017 on the St Helen's Picnic Site web page.

Other information

Annual Income and Expenditure for St Helen's

There are many other places to visit for free around Thetford Forest.  Go to and choose "Places to Visit" from the left hand menu bar. 

Contact information

We encourage you to subscribe and log on to this discussion and post your ideas here for transparency and so other people can see them and rate them.  If you are unable to use this oline discussion questionnaires are available at the Forestry Commission Office, Santon Downham, IP27 0TJ and village shop or by emailing

Thank you for taking the time to take part in this online discussion