The National Trust have released a statement saying that where possible they will endeavour to keep the gardens and parklands open, free of charge, during the Coronavirus outbreak.
The governments advice on Coronavirus is “to stop non-essential contact with other people and avoid all unnecessary travel, known as social distancing and to encourage people to work from home when possible, spend less time in public places, and avoid social venues”, many businesses, pubs and restaurants have had to close their doors or find alternative ways to carry on trading.
Following this advice the National trust have stated that all pay-for-entry, including houses, cafes and shops will close from Friday 20th March 2020. However, whilst observing social distancing measures open spaces, gardens, parklands, coast and countryside will remain open for members of the public to enjoy.
Director-General of the National Trust Hilary McGrady has said “The National Trust was founded 125 years ago for the benefit of the entire nation. We want to honour our mission – to enable people and nature to thrive. Over the coming weeks we will do all that we can to keep on providing public benefit through caring for places and giving people access wherever possible. While we will close our indoor areas to help fight the spread of coronavirus, we recognise that people are likely to need access to open space.”
The National Trust protect and care for places including the nation’s coastline, historic sites, countryside and green spaces, allowing everyone to benefit. The trust is the biggest conversation charity in Europe with staff, members, volunteers and supporters. Everyone can get involved, everyone can make a difference. The trust owns over 500 heritage properties and 610,000 acres of private land.
To visit, fundraise, donate or volunteer at one of the National Trust venues local to you take a look at www.nationaltrust.org.uk