Summers day in the forest with bright greenery and lily-pads in pond

Coronavirus visitor guide

Latest guidance

We welcome responsible visitors to our sites. Please follow the latest government coronavirus guidelines when visiting and plan ahead.

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

1. Keeping you safe 

  • We are continuing to manage our car parks and clean toilets and touchpoints in line with our best practice guidelines. 

  • We are continuing to manage our play areas and trails to our high safety standards. 

  • In many forests you can pay to park, or buy membership, without cash. You can also buy membership online before you come

  • Our cafes, restaurants and food outlets are open. Please check what’s available at the forest you want to visit.   

  • You must wear a face covering when you are inside shops, toilets, bike hire venues and visitor centres (unless exempt). You must also wear a face covering when ordering at takeaway outlets.

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Autumn Westonbirt

2. Planning your visit

Please consider these important points before you visit: 

  • Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating. 

  • Have a plan b: we may have to close car parks or facilities if they are too busy, or if we have too many staff self-isolating due to Covid-19. We know this is frustrating, but please be prepared to return home and come another time. 

  • Dress for the outdoors and wear suitable footwear and a helmet when cycling. 

  • Note that to prevent forest fires and reduce waste, do not bring any barbecues into our forests. You are welcome to hire our bookable barbecues if they are available near you.  Find out what's available here.

  • 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: 

  • Remembering good hand hygiene, and to respect others’ personal space.

  • Respecting our staff and volunteers; they are there to help you. 

  • Parking legally and responsibly - only in designated parking bays. Keep highways and gateways clear and leave plenty of room for others to pass safely. 

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

  • Following our dog code, if you are visiting with your dog. Please keep them under close control to help protect local wildlife such as ground nesting birds, and bag and bin your dog’s waste. 

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

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