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Thetford forest's future safe

Thetford forest won't be sold off Credit: ITV Anglia

Thetford Forest will not be sold off and will be protected for future generations as the government has announced a new public body will be created to look after the country's forests.

An independent body will own and maintain the forest Credit: ITV Anglia

The independent body will own and maintain the forest and work with local groups to encourage people to get involved in managing the woodland.

The new group will also work with landowners to make sure it's sustainably managed. Credit: ITV Anglia

The new group will also work with landowners to make sure it's sustainably managed. The announcement comes after the government originally suggested it wanted to sell the forests off.

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Paloma Faith to play Thetford Forest

Paloma Faith will play at Thetford Forest this summer Credit: Rebecca Pierce

Paloma Faith has announced that she will play Thetford Forest as part of the ForestryCommission’s Forest Live concert series.

Friday 14th June will see the singer perform hits such as 'Stone Cold Sober' and 'New York'. She's just been nominated for two Brit awards - Best Album and Best British Female.

Other acts confirmed to play Thetford Forest this summer include Blondie, The Script and Paul Weller.

Blondie to play Thetford Forest

Blondie to play Thetford Forest

Thetford Forest will play host to Blondie next year as the band plays a gig as part of the Forest Live series of concerts.

The group, which emerged from New York's new wave scene and produced such hits as Heart of Glass, Sunday Girl and Atomic, will be supported by the Lightning Seeds.

Tickets go on sale on 7th December. Blondie will play Thetford Forest on Saturday15th June 2013.

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