To keep everyone safe, we have introduced some changes to school and educational group visits.
Your health and safety is our top priority, and as you would expect we have introduced a few changes:
Please book in advance
We are asking all groups to book in advance. This is for guided and self-led groups. Search for your local forest site and contact the learning team who will be able to provide support to help you plan your forest visit.
Limited group sizes
Visits to our sites will be limited to one class bubble / 30 children plus accompanying adults. This is to help to reduce congestion in the busy areas and to allow groups to maintain social distancing. Groups sizes may increase at stage 4 (21st June) of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
We are following the governments covid-19 guidance and safety advice for all visitors such as operating and cleaning procedures and one-way systems. You may find that some services and facilities, such as cafes and play areas, have reduced capacity.
Our website will give you the latest information about parking, trails, what learning opportunities are on offer and what current facilities and accessibility provision is at each forest location.
How you can help
- Book in advance - speak to your local forest site and book your group visit in advance, this includes self-led groups. This will help us to stagger groups and social distancing around the site.
- When on site, maintain your two-metre social distancing. Our sites are very busy with the general public so be prepared to alter your plans at short notice and avoid the busy spots.
- Wear your masks in appropriate areas / in all indoor areas and where social distancing of 2m cannot be maintained.
- Be prepared to turn back if parking is limited or we have had to close the site.
- Bring hand gel and maintain hand hygiene throughout the visit.
- Be aware of social distancing and interaction with members of the public at all times – our sites are very busy so please be considerate. Take care not to block paths or huddle in large groups in busy areas and be prepared to turn back if a play area or other facility is already busy and social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Ensure you have contingency plans in event of a group member displaying Covid-19 symptoms during your visit.
Can’t visit a forest right now?
Then don’t worry – we have lots of ideas for you to do in your classroom, school grounds or local green space.
Our free downloadable resources can help bring the sights and sounds of the forest to your classroom.
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