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The People who work in Santon Downham

Santon Downham is the centre for Forest Enterprise's activities in Thetford Forest, where some 200,000t of timber are harvested every year. Courtesy of the Forestry Commission. > Simply click to enlarge... then use the [Back] button to returnStaff based in Santon Downham carry out a multitude of roles - some of the men and women work as recreation or conservation rangers, others deal with forest mangement, harvesting, marketing, administration, provision of roads or as mechanical engineers looking after the harvesters and vehicles. There are also staff at offices in North Norfolk, Sandlings, Lavenham and in the east end of London. In all, the region employs about 95staff - 90 based in the village - though contractors add to the numbers working in the forest.

Most of the harvesting and extraction is carried out directly by Forest Enterprise staff, delivering it to the roadside for haulage contractors to take away. sd01.jpg courtesy of the Forestry Commission > Simply click to enlarge... then use the [Back] button to returnIn some areas, the fungal infection Heterobasidion annosum means that stumps need to be dug up to prevent the spread of infection which would create a rot within growing timber. "Our own men and women are involved in the removal of the stumps and the cultivation of the ground and the preparation for the new young trees," explains Mr Lyon.

2000 Lisa Russell 

A Forest Heath District Council (Suffolk) Project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Millennium Festival 2000 Designed by ArtAtac