National Trust properties to close but parklands/coast should stay open

Here is a statement from the National Trust which is closing its buildings normally open to the public.

 

The safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our priority.

Following the Prime Minister’s advice on Monday 16 March the National Trust’s Director General Hilary McGrady said the National Trust’s pay-for-entry sites including houses, cafes, restaurants and shops, would close by this Friday 20 March.

We’ll work, where possible, to keep as many of the Trust’s gardens and parklands open, free of charge, alongside coast and countryside, to encourage the nation to enjoy open space if at all possible, while observing social distancing measures.

Hilary McGrady 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.’

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