The threat from Forest Holidays is over
For five long years, Fineshade Wood was under the threat of holiday development. It was on a list of Forestry Commission (FC) sites that they deemed suitable for exploitation as holiday accommodation. Although applications by Forest Holidays (FH) to develop Fineshade failed, the threat of further attempts remained - until 11 December 2018. On that day the Commission announced that they had decided that Fineshade would no longer be on the so-called Exclusivity List: they gave a categorical assurance that they had no intention to allow FH to bring forward another application to develop Fineshade Wood.
That announcement was confirmed in writing in February when DEFRA Minister, David Rutley, wrote to our MP stating unambiguously that he had been informed by the Secretary of State and the CEO of Forest Holidays that there are no plans for a Forest Holidays development in Fineshade Wood.
Friends of Fineshade came together to oppose the cabin development and this website has been an important means of conveying news and gathering support. You can see the 5-year history of the campaign to protect Fineshade Wood here.
There are many other pages documenting particular aspects of the campaign and the buttons below link to some of the most useful ones.
Forest Holidays site in Thetford Forest
Forest glade provides space for car parking
Hen party enjoying a hot tub
FH "retreat" competing with local shops
Appreciating the woodland's tranquillity?
Construction of sewage plant