Updated 17th May 2021

New applications for permission to undertake group activities or larger events in the nation's forests are being considered. New applications for essential or exempted activity will be considered but will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Existing applications which follow the rule of 30 and meet both government guidance and any activity specific guidance provided by National Governing Bodies may be able to restart. Activities with greater numbers which are specifically exempted by the government guidance e.g. support groups, will also be permitted to continue.

Our priority remains to keep people safe and support social distancing. Everyone must follow the latest UK Government and Public Health England guidance on managing public facilities and events.

For those who already have permission in place for an upcoming activity or event in the nation’s forests, we will shortly be contacting you directly about your permission and asking for your co-operation in supporting the nation’s on-going response to Covid-19.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Can I apply for a permission to use one of your forests?

A. Yes. These will need to meet both government guidance and any activity specific guidance including that provided by relevant National Governing bodies.

We will only give permission for an activity to go ahead if we are confident that it can be safely delivered alongside our expected visitor numbers and other activities. Requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, considering site capacity, staff resourcing and overall safety

Q. I have an approved permission for an event involving the public taking place – what should I do?

A. We request you to review your planned activity against the roadmap and updated guidance and to take any action necessary to ensure it complies. You should consider the implications of further changes to guidance, and consideration for the possibility of postponement or cancellation at a later date.

Q. I already have an approved permission for an event which follows the rule of 30 or less e.g. (e.g. fishing, horse riding, guided walk). What can I do?

A. We will be in touch with you to request an updated risk assessment.  Your activity must meet the current government guidance.

Q. Will my application fee be refunded if I cancel my event?

A. No. The application fee supports the cost of administering your permission application and is not refundable. If there are specific event fees involved, these will not be charged if the event is cancelled. 

Q. I have an annual permission, will I get an extension to cover this lockdown? 

A. Yes. Annual permissions will be extended to cover the period of suspension. If we haven’t contacted you about this before your permit is due to expire, please ask your local Forestry England member of staff.

Q. Is there anything else I need to consider?

A. Not all facilities are open in our forests. Please read our Coronavirus visitor guide for general information on visiting. For specific sites, please check our website.