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Coronavirus visitor guide

Welcome back to the nation's forests.

While it's so good to be back, our top priority is to keep everyone safe. As you might expect, the coronavirus guidelines mean some things are running a little differently. Here's our guide to visiting the forest in the summer of 2020.

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.
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Child behind tree

2. Preparing for your visit

Please read these important points before you visit.

  • Check our individual forest pages to find out in advance what facilities are open. 
  • 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. 
  • Most of our formal play areas remain closed while we carry out the necessary checks, but there is plenty of space in the forests to enjoy and play.
  • 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. 

3. Working together for a safe and relaxing visit

We want everyone to enjoy their visit and you can help by: 

  • Following the Government’s guidance on staying safe outside your home

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

  • Bringing a picnic. BBQs and fires are not allowed – there is a high risk of forest fires.  

  • 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. This is a new experience for all of us. Together we will make this work.   

More information

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