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National Trust update on open and closed spaces due to virus

Coast and countryside sites will be open as usual but people are urged to use local outdoor space and not travel unnecessarily, in line with government guidance the Trust has pledged to allow free access to open space but parks and gardens will be closed for safety reasons. The public are asked to enjoy the first sights of spring wherever they are.

The National Trust is urging people to avoid unnecessary travel and follow government guidelines on social gatherings.

The Trust’s coast and countryside places will be open as usual with any car park charges suspended and the charity is working where it can to keep outdoor spaces open and free to access.

All houses, shops and cafes are closed to restrict the spread of coronavirus.

Nature expert and writer Andy Beer from the National Trust says: “Although our coast and countryside will be open as usual, we’d encourage people to stay local and enjoy the first moments of spring where they are rather than making an unnecessary journey.

“There are so many small moments of nature that we can enjoy now that spring has arrived, from the first blossom to flower, birdsong and the first leaves unfurling on our trees.

“To ensure we are encouraging people to stay aware of social distancing, our smaller parks and gardens are closed. The wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our top priority.”

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