The nation's forests and essential facilities are open, but please follow government coronavirus guidelines when planning your visit - read our coronavirus guidance.
Spring in the forest

Coronavirus visitor guide

Latest guidance

Outdoor gatherings of either 6 people (the rule of 6) or 2 households are now allowed. Many other restrictions will remain in place, so please follow government guidance and check our guide for what to expect if you are planning to visit one of our forests.

You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.

1. Keeping you safe 

  • We are managing our car parks and cleaning toilets and touchpoints in line with government guidelines.
  • We are continuing to manage our our play areas and  trails to our high safety standards.
  • In many forests you can pay to park without cash, including membership which you can also buy online before you come.
  • Where open, our cafes and food outlets are offering a takeaway or outdoor seated service, in line with government guidelines. Please check what’s available at the forest you want to visit. 
Oak in spring
Autumn Westonbirt

2. Planning your visit

Please follow these important points before you visit:

  • Please keep yourself, our staff, volunteers and other visitors safe by following the government’s guidance on what you can and cannot do.
  • Have a plan b: we may have to close car parks if they are too busy. We know this is frustrating, but please be prepared to return home and come another time.
  • Some facilities remain closed. Please  look at our individual forest pages before you travel, to check whats available.
  • There may be fewer pay machines and a queue to pay. Why notmake things easier and help support your local forest by becoming a member? You canbuy membership in advance online.
  • Trails may be different. Follow any new, temporary signs. Please keep an eye out for these - they are there to help keep you safe.
  • Dress for the outdoors and wear suitable footwear and a helmet when cycling.
  • We are sorry but you cannot pre-book BBQs or bring your own at this time. This is to help support social distancing.
  • Please follow our Forest Code to help you enjoy the forest responsibly. 

3. Working together for a relaxing visit

We want everyone to enjoy the forests. You can help by:

  • Respecting our staff and volunteers; they are there to help you.
  • Bringing your own face covering and hand sanitiser.
  • Parking legally and responsibly - only in designated parking bays.  Keep highways and gateways clear and leave plenty of room for others to pass safely.
  • Following social distancing guidelines, keeping a safe distance of two metres or more between yourself and other visitors where possible.
  • Putting your litter in a bin or taking it home with you, so the forest remains litter-free for everyone - including wildlife.
  • If you are visiting with your dog, follow our dog code, keep them under close control to help protect local wildlife such as ground nesting birds, and bag and bin your dog’s waste.
  • Taking it easy. Don’t take unnecessary risks.
  • Being kind and patient – any changes are here to help keep you and others safe. 

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