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Our policy concerning the Use of Drones and other or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) on Parks Trust Land

Drones, are becoming increasingly popular with professional and amateur enthusiasts. It is becoming ever more affordable and easy to buy a drone which only a few years ago would have been prohibitively expensive. However, there are concerns around drones being used in public spaces which include:Risk of injury or death from a drone flying into or falling on someone

  • Risk of damage to property including vehicles
  • Disturbance to the public using the open space
  • Privacy concerns particularly as most drones have a powerful camera on board
  • Disturbance of wildlife particularly birds
  • Disturbance and possible injury to grazing animals
  • Security as drones can be used to ‘case’ a possible burglary target
  • Danger to other aircraft

The Parks Trust recognises that the hobby of flying drones and the aerial photography that often accompanies it is often practiced by careful, well-meaning and responsible people. We have therefore considered the suitability of all our land for drone flying. However, we have not been able to identify any suitable spaces where we could allow drones to be flown without some of the concerns set out above being realised. Therefore, like most owners/managers of public open space, we have decided to strictly limit their use over Parks Trust land.

The Drone Code published by Dronesafe.uk advises not to fly drones within 50m of people and property – something that is very difficult to achieve in our parkland. In those larger areas of parkland we usually have grazing animals and/or are particularly important for wildlife.

Anyone using a UAV recreationally can also seek advice from established model aircraft clubs who will have detailed local knowledge of airspace restrictions. Go to www.bmfa.org for more information.

More information on the regulation of UAVs, including a list of operators with permission to fly UAVs for commercial use, is available at www.caa.co.uk/uas

For more information on the Drone Code see http://dronesafe.uk/

Our Policy

  1. None of our parkland is considered suitable for recreational drone use due to either: public safety, concerns of the public about privacy, disturbance to biodiversity, disturbance to our grazing animals, proximity to roads and private property. The flying of drones and other Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will not normally be permitted over land belonging to The Parks Trust.

  2. We will allow a very limited number of drone operators to have a licence for the taking of photographs and aerial surveys. The terms of any licence issued will require the operator to:
    a. provide evidence of having at least £1m public liability insurance cover.
    b. agree to following the drone code of the Civil Aviation Authority (http://dronesafe.uk/drone-code/) which includes: keeping the drone in sight at all times, not flying within 50m of people and properties or 150m of crowds or built up areas and staying below 120m
    c. notify The Parks Trust by email to info@theparkstrust.com of where and when they are going to be flying at least 48 hours before flying
    d. adhere to restrictions on flying over certain areas of our parkland at certain times for example when there are events or at other times when the parkland is likely to have a lot of use
    e. not flying over wildlife sensitive sites including Linford Lakes Nature Reserve, Stony Stratford Nature Reserve, Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve

  3. We will normally allow the media to use drones in their work provided they can satisfy the above terms. All media requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis and are subject to the licencing process outlined in point 2. Applications for use of a Drone for media use should be made to info@theparkstrust.com or by calling 01908 233600.

  4. Anyone found flying a drone over Parks Trust land without a licence may be asked to stop flying immediately.

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