National Trust car parks in Sussex start to reopen from today

Car parks at some National Trust properties in the South Downs area are being reopened to the public over the next few days.

The move follows the Government’s relaxation of lockdown restrictions - however pay-to-enter places including houses and gardens remain closed.

The National Trust says that exactly which car parks are opened will be ‘guided by local judgement’ and that people should check the National Trust website before travelling.

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A spokesman said: “Over the next few days we are starting to open some car parks in the South Downs, in line with Government advice, so people can access fresh air, open space and nature.

National Trust property Nymans at Handcross. All gardens and houses remain closed at the current time SUS-200513-111857001

“Car parks which are staffed and have facilities, will take longer. All opening decisions are being guided by local judgement.

“It’s important that we avoid hotspots developing for the safety of visitors and local communities, and we may not open places where this is too great a risk.

“For the moment our pay-for entry places including houses and gardens, remain closed. Any reopening will need to be phased and gradual.

“In order to maintain social distancing when they reopen we plan to introduce a pre-booking system.

“The latest Government guidance about outdoor ticketed events means they remain closed for now.’

The spokesman said that the trust had been working on plans to reopen places for several weeks. “We are really looking forward to welcoming visitors back,” adding:

“The safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors and local communities remains our priority.”

All car parks in Wales and Northern Ireland will remain closed after the First Minister in Wales and the Northern Ireland Executive reiterated the ‘stay at home’ message.

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