We know that people have lived and worked in the High Lodge area for millennia. There are flints mines from the Neolithic period and burial mounds from the Bronze Age; Iron age and Roman pottery shards have been found; The Normans created a rabbit warren, the outline of which can still be traced in the forest today.
Farmers are listed in the census returns from the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
During the first world war Canadian Foresters and German PoWs started to fell the trees planted by the Georgian and Victorian estate owners. This work was continued after the end of the war by a private company formed by the Canadians.
From the start of World War 2 the training camp was used as accommodation for boys evacuated from approved schools. After the war the huts were used as temporary housing for Polish forces and the farmhouse once more became a family home.