Statement on Coronavirus

Updated 2nd July 2020

In order to protect lives, we must all follow the latest government advice in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Please find our latest updates below;

Use of the parks

At all times, you should observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household or those not in your social bubble.

You can travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance. You can find a map of the parks in Milton Keynes here.

If you feel unwell, or anyone in your household has symptoms, we ask that you please do not attend any of our parks and follow the government advice to self-isolate.

Areas that are closed

Please note that the following are closed to the public until further notice;

  • Howe Park Wood Study Centre
  • Bird Hides (excluding to members at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve)
  • Our offices

Play areas and outdoor gym equipment

Play areas and outdoor gym equipment will reopen from Saturday 4th July with new restrictions and guidance in place. Find out more here.

Events and activities

Our large events and school sessions remain cancelled for the time being but we are starting to resume smaller ticketed events with groups of up to 6 people. Please see our individual event pages for more information. We are updating this information on our websites and directly contacting ticket holders and schools by email to notify them. Many activities will resume at Willen Lake from Saturday 4th July including Treetop Extreme our our watersports courses. Please visit our websites www.theparkstrust.com and www.willenlake.org.uk for the latest updates.

We are working closely with all licensees who are running third party activity in our parkland so that they are following the latest guidelines.

Our work and our staff

The majority of our landscape maintenance work has now been able to resume across the parks, however, there have been some cutbacks due to a reduction in funding. Such financial cutbacks have meant we have had to suspend elements of tree work, path resurfacing, re-modelling works and some of our replacement planting. We continue to follow the latest Government advice regarding safe working practices.

Our Volunteers

We are inviting some of our volunteers to return to volunteering for those who wish to and are able, from 1 June 2020. Volunteer roles invited to return are Volunteer Rangers, Floodplain Forest Wardens and some Wildlife Surveyors. Anyone wishing to return must re-register, please email volunteering@theparkstrust.com. Please note we are not recruiting new volunteers at this time.

We will continue to follow latest government advice and will update our statements and website as soon as we know more.  In the meantime, please keep safe.

Download the risk assessment detailing the safety control measures needed in response to Covid-19

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