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Country parks ‘good to go’

Posted onPosted on 7th Jul

Sherwood Forest and Rufford Abbey country parks have received the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard mark from VisitEngland.

Although the parks have remained open during the coronavirus crisis, the award reflects the changes that have been made, including social distancing measures and staff training, to comply with Government Covid-19 guidance.

More facilities are now available at Rufford and a phased reopening of facilities is planned at Sherwood Forest over the next few days.

Coun John Cottee, chairman of Communities and Place Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “It’s great news that everyone will be able to enjoy our country parks this summer and be confident that they can do so safely.

“Our partners are to be congratulated for the extra measures that they have put in place and I hope the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark offers reassurance to our residents and visitors planning a fun day out in Nottinghamshire.”

Justin Palfrey, assistant regional director, Parkwood Leisure, Rufford Abbey Country Park, said: “We are pleased to have received this accreditation from VisitEngland.

“Our popular Adventure Play Area is now again open for children of all ages to enjoy. The Play Area will be operating a one way in and out system, with restrictions enforced on numbers who can enter to ensure social distancing can be adhered to at busy times.

“We will also be opening extra take away catering outlets across the park to allow visitors to enjoy a hot drink, snacks and ice creams. Our car parking capacity is still limited and I would highly recommend pre booking online before you visit. We are open daily from 10am-4pm.”

Gemma Howarth, RSPB senior site manager at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, said; “Currently only our car parks are open, with limited capacity to ensure everyone’s safety. We are working on a phased reopening of our facilities.”