Following an announcement from their Director-General Hilary McGrady’s announcement yesterday, the National Trust are continuing to work hard to keep open spaces accessible to people while they close houses, shops and cafés to restrict the spread of coronavirus.
This will take time and it is hoped that by the end of Friday 20 March, all places will have a plan in place as to what will be available to the public. Many factors have to be considered when continuing to open, including whether the garden or park allows enough space for adequate social distancing.
In a statement on their website, they said: “We’ll try to keep as many open spaces available as possible but this is a changing situation and we’re strictly following Government advice so please keep checking our website for updated information and always check the site before you visit any of our places. The wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our top concern.”
Currently, sites at Avebury, Stourhead, Montacute and Barrington Court are offering no charge to explore the gardens, but the houses, shops and cafes remain closed. Please check with the National Trust for updates.