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Coronavirus visitor guide

We are now open

Our forests are amazing places to unwind, play and exercise. We want all our visitors to feel the benefits of being amongst our trees and our top priority is keeping you and others safe.

As you might expect, the coronavirus guidelines mean some things are running a little differently. Here's our guide to visiting our forests.

Ben Thomas

1. Keeping you safe 

  • We are managing our car parks, toilets and touchpoints to help you stay safe.
  • We have checked trails are accessible and many of our on-site businesses have opened in line with the Government guidance. 
  • Where possible, we have cashless ways for you to pay to park.
Forestry England staff member stood next to van on sunny day
Child behind tree

2. Planning your visit

Please read these important points before you visit.

  • Follow the latest Government guidelines on the size of social groups for your visit.
  • Most of our facilities, such as cafes and play areas, are now open, but please check our forest pages before you visit to check what’s available.
  • Remember to bring a face covering in case you have to wear one indoors.
  • There may be fewer pay machines and a queue to pay. Why not avoid the queues and help support your local forest by becoming a member? You can buy membership in advance online
  • There may be reduced or no toilet facilities. Consider bringing your own hand sanitiser. 
  • Trails may be different. Many forests have new, temporary signs to follow. Please keep an eye out for these - they are there to help keep you safe. 
  • We may have to close forests if they are too busy. We know this is frustrating but please be prepared to return home and visit another time. 
  • Please read our Forest Code  code to help you enjoy the forest responsibly.

3. Working together for a relaxing visit

We want everyone to enjoy their visit. You can help by: 

  • Putting your litter in a bin or taking it home with you, so the forest remains litter-free for everyone - including for our wildlife

  • Leaving your BBQ at home. BBQs and fires are not allowed anywhere in our forests.

  • Parking responsibly. When car parks are full, do not park on verges or local roads. Your car could block emergency vehicles or cause traffic problems. The best option is to visit a different forest or return at a quieter time.  

  • Wearing suitable footwear - and a helmet when cycling.  

  • Taking it easy. If forest activities are new to you, start gradually to avoid accidents or getting lost.  

  • Being kind and patient – any changes are here to help keep you and others safe.

More information

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