Since my initial statement on the Covid-19 pandemic last week, things have changed. On 23 March, the UK Governments issued clear instructions for all of us to stay at home except for essential trips and exercise once a day.

This is exactly what our staff, volunteers and contractors are doing to protect the NHS and help save lives.

While we’re pleased our woods are offering a welcome escape for visitors, we’re highly concerned at the number of people disregarding Government instruction. People have flocked to some of our sites from far and wide, filling car parks and flouting social distancing rules. This is putting everyone’s safety at risk.

Stay local

As per Government instructions, we advise people to carry out recreational activities as locally as possible, and not to make unnecessary journeys to woods elsewhere by car. Our estate remains open but only if you:

  • can access it from your home without driving
  • maintain social distancing by staying at least 2 metres away from other people
  • follow the recommended hygiene guidance.

Car parks closed

As a result of high volumes of visitors at some of our sites, we’ve taken the tough decision to close some of our car parks until further notice. Sites where car parks remain open are under constant review and our staff and contractors will only be carrying out essential safety work

We are doing everything we can to keep our woodland visitors, staff and volunteers safe. We want you to continue to enjoy the breathing spaces that woodland brings.

Please be sensible and stay local. The sooner we can beat the virus, the sooner we can all get out to enjoy our wonderful woods to the full again.

Thank you.

Other activities to enjoy at home and nearby