The government has said the single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.
The government has instructed that you should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, in local green spaces wherever possible, and you should not travel outside your local area. The nation’s forests, car parks and essential facilities are open for people to exercise once-per-day, if they live locally.
Please follow the government’s rules on exercising and meeting other people when considering a visit.
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 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 service only, and our other onsite businesses will be operating within the national lockdown restrictions. Please check opening times before visiting.
- Go Ape is closed across all sites.
2. Planning your visit
Please follow these important points before you visit:
- Please keep yourself, our staff and other visitors safe by following the government’s guidance on what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown.
- England is still in a national lockdown. Only visit one of our forests for your daily exercise if it is only a short distance from your home.
- 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 will be closed. Please look at our individual forest pages before you travel, to check what’s available.
- There may be fewer pay machines and a queue to pay. Why not make things easier and help support your local forest by becoming a member? You can buy 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.
- 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:
- Bringing your own face covering and hand sanitiser.
- Parking legally and responsibly. 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.
- Taking it easy. Don’t take unnecessary risks.
- Being kind and patient – any changes are here to help keep you and others safe.