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Coronavirus visitor guide

We are open and ready for your visit

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 and cleaning toilets and touchpoints.
  • We are continuing to manage our trails to our high safety standards.
  • Where possible, we have cashless ways for you to pay to park, including membership which you can purchase in advance.
  • Where they are open, our cafes and food outlets are following the latest Government coronavirus guidelines and are offering table service or takeaways.
  • Please support NHS Test and Trace by checking into our on-site businesses, where possible, using the NHS Test and Trace mobile phone app.
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Child behind tree

2. Planning your visit

Please read these important points before you visit:

  • If you are planning to visit us, please be aware that we may have to close forests if they are too busy. We know this is frustrating, particularly if you have travelled a long way, but please be prepared to return home and visit another time.
  • Follow the latest Government guidelines on the size of social groups and COVID tier alert level that apply to your visit. 
  • Most of our facilities, including cafes, toilets and play areas, are open in line with Government guidance, but please visit our individual forest pages before you travel, to check what’s available.  
  • It’s a good idea to bring your own hand sanitiser and 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Please read our Forest 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.

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