Get outdoors – but keep your distance!

COVID-19 / Coronavirus – information for visitors

Countryside sites owned and managed by environmental charity The Greensand Trust – including Rushmere Country Park – remain open for all our visitors to access and we encourage people to come and enjoy them, to spend time with nature or to exercise while maintaining their distance from others.

We believe that now, more than ever, people can still benefit from improved health and wellbeing from being among the trees whilst taking sensible, personal precautions.

It’s important in these difficult times that people do what they can to boost their physical and mental wellbeing. Walking outdoors – cycling and horse-riding – are deemed fairly safe activities as long as visitors follow government advice about social distancing.

The Greensand Trust is closely monitoring Government advice on COVID-19 and following the advice of Public Health England. We’re taking all appropriate measures to keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe and healthy during this time so please see below the latest changes to our operations:

 Steps we have taken:

  • Rushmere Country Park is OPEN but visitor centres and toilets at both entrances are CLOSED – we advise that visitors bring their own hand sanitiser to wash their hands.
  • The £3 parking fee will remain in place at Rushmere Country Park as the site is run on a not for profit basis and this revenue will go towards our operational costs and support our staff, volunteers and visitors at a time when other revenue earning opportunities have ceased.
  • The Tree Tops Café is CLOSED but limited refreshments are being served from The Hatch daily from 10am – 4pm. The Hatch will remain open until park closing at 5pm for the purchase of exit tokens to visitors who don’t have £3 change or a Greensand parking pass – please make sure you leave by 5pm.
  • At the Stockgrove entrance the café is serving its full menu but only to visitors seated outside or takeaway.
  • Visitors are being asked to follow Government advice with regard to social distancing when collecting food and drinks.
  • While the Herons View visitor centre remains closed, visitors can purchase their Greensand passes for parking, cycling and horse-riding via our website – it may take us a little longer than usual to process these but the email confirmation can be used as proof of purchase for cycling and horse-riding.
  • You can contact us via email: info@greensandtrust.org and we’ll respond as soon as we can.
  • Rushmereparkrun has been cancelled in line with all UK parkrun events.
  • All our learning and education programmes and volunteer activities have been cancelled with immediate effect until the end of April, when we will review the situation.
  • All events at The Working Woodlands Centre and Rushmere Country Park between now and 30th April will be cancelled. Anyone who has purchased tickets will be entitled to a full refund – please bear with us to process these while our team is depleted.
  • No permission will be granted for filming and photography shoots at our sites between now and 30th April.
  • No organised group visits will be permitted.

These are extraordinary circumstances and we ask for understanding while we get through this difficult time.