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National Trust reopening more gardens and parklands

PUBLISHED: 08:22 29 May 2020 | UPDATED: 11:47 29 May 2020

The National Trust's Blickling Hall remains closed, but the car park has reopened. Picture: Archant

The National Trust's Blickling Hall remains closed, but the car park has reopened. Picture: Archant

Archant Norfolk 2018

The National Trust is reopening more gardens and parklands from next week.

The charity is beginning a phased reopening from Wednesday, June 3 with visitors needing to book in advance.

Sites reopening in the East of England include Anglesey Abbey gardens and Lode Mill in Cambridgeshire, and Ickworth and Sutton Hoo, both in Suffolk.

The trust said that only members and visitors who had booked tickets beforehand will gain entry, and opening decisions will be made with safety and local conditions in mind.

Gardens and open spaces will be reopened where social distancing can be observed, and will open to around a third of their normal capacity at any one time.

Over the coming weeks more places will begin reopening, the trust said. However, all the Trust’s houses, shops, holiday cottages and campsites remain closed in line with government guidelines.

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Most of the Blickling estate in north Norfolk continues to be closed but the car park has reopened for people to enjoy the wider estate. People need to book in advance to secure a parking space.

The house, garden, tea-room and shop at Felbrigg Hall continue to be closed but the car park has reopened for people to enjoy the wider estate.

People need to book in advance to secure a parking space at both sites, which are currently sold out.

Limited toilet facilities with strict cleanliness measures and social distance for queuing are available at Felbrigg and Blickling.

Director General Hilary McGrady said: “We want to provide safe, local, welcoming spaces for people, and wherever possible we will open our gardens and parks, and coast and countryside car parks.

“Like so many other organisations, the trust has been badly affected by the coronavirus lockdown, not least our vital conservation work and our finances. Reopening is the first phase of our recovery, and we need our members and supporters to help us make this gradual transition a success so we can get back to offering nature, beauty and history for everyone.”

The National Trust sites at Oxburgh Hall, Sheringham Park and Brancaster Activity Centre all remain closed.

visit individual web pages to found out which sites are open.


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