Forest Heath

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Coordinates: 52°20′46″N 0°31′08″E / 52.3461°N 0.5190°E / 52.3461; 0.5190

Forest Heath
Forest Heath District
Non-metropolitan district

Forest Heath shown within Suffolk
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East of England
Non-metropolitan county Suffolk
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Mildenhall
Incorporated 1 April 1974
  Type Non-metropolitan district council
  Body Forest Heath District Council
  Leadership Alternative - Sec.31 (Conservative)
  MPs Matthew Hancock
  Total 145.8 sq mi (377.7 km2)
Area rank 107th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
  Total 62,812
  Rank 310th (of 326)
  Density 430/sq mi (170/km2)
  Ethnicity 91.0% White
3.0% Black
1.3% S.Asian
3.1% mixed race
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
  Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 42UC (ONS)
E07000201 (GSS)
OS grid reference TL7156375032

Forest Heath is a local government district in Suffolk, England. Its council is based in Mildenhall. Other towns in the district include Newmarket. The population of the District Council at the 2011 Census was 59,748.[1]

The district's name reflects the fact that it contains parts of both Thetford Forest and the heathlands of Breckland. The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of Newmarket Urban District and Mildenhall Rural District.

Forest Heath is the home to two of the largest United States Air Force (USAF) airbases in the UK: RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall, as well as the headquarters of British horse racing, Newmarket Racecourse.

Forest Heath has had a high suicide rate when compared to the rest of Suffolk, to the East of England and to England overall.[2][3] The reasons for this are unknown.

In the English indices of deprivation 2010 report published by the Department for Communities and Local Government, two parts of Forest Heath have the highest employment out of 32483 areas in England.[4]


As of the 2015 Local Government Elections, the Conservatives held overall control of the District Council.

West Suffolk Independents5


The district contains three market towns and twenty civil parishes.


Civil parishes


The Shi-Tennoji School in Herringswell, Forest Heath was in operation beginning in 1985,[5] and ending on 17 July 2000.[6]


  1. "District population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  4. "English indices of deprivation 2010". Department for Communities and Local Government. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  5. McNeill, Phil. "Shrine of the times." (Archive) The Telegraph. 22 July 2007. Retrieved on 8 January 2014.
  6. "Establishment: Shi-Tennoji School." (Archive) Department for Education. Retrieved on 8 January 2014. "Shi-Tennoji School Herringswell Bury St Edmund's Suffolk IP28 6SW"
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