New applications for activities or events in the nation's forests are now being considered.
Restarting suspended activities
We have been reopening our car parks and facilities since Wednesday 13th May and although we are continuing to welcome visitors back to the nation’s forests safely and steadily, our priority is to keep people safe and support social distancing.
Just as we gradually reopened facilities, we have been restarting other activities and will not resume all our permission activity at once.
Permission activity that is in line with government guidance and that ensures social distancing is maintained can begin to restart. If you have a permission which we have assessed falls into this category, we will be contacting you directly about your permission and what must be done before you can restart.
We continue to follow the latest UK Government and Public Health England guidance on managing public facilities and events and will keep reviewing our approach.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Can I apply for a permission to use one of your forests?
A. Yes - New applications may now be considered. These will need to meet both government guidance and any activity specific guidance. We will need to be confident that any proposed activity can be safely delivered alongside our other activity, and with other visitors to our forests. This means at present activities should be limited to a maximum group size of 30 including organisers.
Q. I have an approved permission for an event involving the public - what should I do?
A. Events and activities for the public or groups have been allowed to restart from the 22 June subject to compliance with current government guidance, and the capacity for it at your proposed forest site. The event or activity must meet the government requirements on group sizes detailed in Meeting with others safely. Full compliance with the NHS Test and Trace system should also be implemented to collect and maintain records of staff, customers and contractors involved. You should consider the implications of further changes to guidance.
Q. I already have an approved permission for a solo activity / one that does not involve the public (e.g. fishing, foraging, horse riding). What can I do?
A. From 8 June we resumed these suspended activities. We will be in touch with you directly to ask for updated risk assessments. Your activity must meet the government guidance on social distancing. Activity which is suspended may only restart following written confirmation from Forestry England.
Q. Can I get my application fee refunded for postponing my event or activity?
A. No, postponed activities are not eligible for refunds for application fees.
Q. Will my application fee be refunded if I cancel my event?
A. Activities cancelled will not be subject to a refund of the administration fee. Forestry England has already carried out the service of consultation and processing the application. However, event fees will not be charged for cancelled events.
Q. I have an annual permission, will I get an extension to cover the lockdown?
A. Yes. Annual permission holders will have their permission extended to cover the period affected by the suspension.
Q. Is there anything else I need to consider?
A. Not all facilities are open at our sites. Please follow our Coronavirus (COVID-19) - information for everyone page for general information on visiting our forests. For specific sites, please check the website.
Thank you for your understanding and patience in these difficult times.
Q. Why are some activities allowed to restart and not others, even though it meets government guidance?
A. New applications may now be considered. These will need to meet both government guidance and any activity specific guidance, such as for group sizes. We will need to be confident that any proposed activity can be safely delivered alongside our other activity, and with other visitors to our forests.A method statement should also be produced to detail how a Covid-safe environment will be implemented and managed for participants alongside our general visitors. This should include plans for full compliance with the NHS Test and Trace system to collect and maintain records of staff, customers and contractors involved in the event.