Accessing our nature reserves during the pandemic

Accessing our nature reserves during the pandemic

Jon Hawkins/Surrey Hills Photography

The Trust has recently been able to ease some of the lockdown measures rightly introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Both Brandon Marsh and Parkridge have now been able to reopen to differing extents, due to the different ways in which these two reserves operate, and you can click on both these links to read more details about how you can visit both of these beautiful places again.

Our staff continue to work hard to facilitate current opening times for both these reserves, whilst looking at how they can increase capacity whilst maintaining visitor and staff safety. This is an extremely complex process requiring detailed consideration of parking, toilets, access along narrow pathways, and bird hides that encourage social gathering.

We will provide updates on our website, but please also follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

All of our other nature reserves continue to remain open to enable you to connect with nature on your doorstep.

We are now starting to plan how we can safely restart our volunteer activities. However, this is going to be a staged process with some roles being able to return quicker than others. It is going to take us some time to work through all of the different activities and put the necessary measures in place so please bear with us as we go through this process. Things will most definitely be different when we do return but we are very much looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as we can and we thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding as we work through this challenging process.

We would like to thank everyone for their patience since the pandemic took hold, and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Read our COVID-19 policy

Staying active

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, maintaining a connection with the natural world is more important than ever to ensure we're taking good care of our physical and mental health and wellbeing.

It's really important to stay active and exercise where you can. Just a bit of time every day spent in nature can help relieve stress and improve mental wellbeing. This can be as simple as doing morning yoga in your own back garden! 

Many of our office-based staff are working from home and this will be the normal working practise until the current emergency passes. This may mean that the service from the main office is slower than usual, please bear with us and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Click the link below for more information about how to keep yourself occupied, healthy and in touch with nature.

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