Reduced parking at Sherwood Forest Country Park

22 May 2020

Visitors are being advised that there will be a limited parking capacity when car parks reopen at Sherwood Forest Country Park this weekend.

Car parks on-site were closed in March in line with the Government’s coronavirus guidelines and will now reopen today (Friday 22) with significantly reduced parking capacity.

The RSPB, who manage the site and the county council is advising visitors to avoid travelling to the site from further afield as car parks will be closed once they are full.

All other facilities including the visitor centre, shop, café, toilets and play area will remain closed until further notice.

Reduced parking is just one of the procedures in place at Sherwood Forest to ensure staff and visitor safety, with others including an on-site one-way system and encouragement of social distancing measures. There is signage throughout the forest to promote this.

Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said: “I would like to thank everyone for their patience since we were asked to close the car parks under the Government’s Coronavirus guidelines. Sherwood Forest has remained open but has only been able to be used by people locally.

“With people now able to travel to get out and about or for exercise we have worked with the RSPB who manage Sherwood Forest to re-open car parks.  I would like to remind people that strict social distancing guidelines remain, and we will monitor usage so we can ensure everybody’s safety.

“Shops, cafes, visitor centres along with play areas will remain closed.”

RSPB senior site manager, Gemma Howarth said: “We know people are really keen to start to visit the forest again, but we want to ensure this is done in a safe way and would urge people not to travel great distances to visit as the car park will be closed once it is full. 

"There is very limited parking elsewhere once this happens.  We want to help people enjoy this wonderful forest but our priority as ever is the safety of everyone.”

 

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