Coronavirus - The Heart of England Forest



It has never been more important to look after our mental health and wellbeing and getting out in the great outdoors is one way to get a much needed boost.

Visiting the Forest

Wild daffodils in Roberts Wood

With the Government easing restrictions on outdoor activities and exercise, we expect an increased number of visitors to the Forest.

We want people to benefit from spending time in the Forest, but this must be done safely and within the latest Government Guidelines.

It is essential to observe social distancing at all times when you are outside your home. The public and permissive footpaths across our 7,000 acres of Forest are an ideal place to get some fresh air and blow away the cobwebs, whilst staying at least 2 metres away from anyone outside of your household. However, the Forests’ car parks are small, so please take extra care and be prepared to visit a different part of the Forest if your intended destination is busy.

Please respect our neighbours and only park in the car parks and not the roadside and verges. Please also keep gateways clear to protect our roadside biodiversity, and to ensure our gates are accessible at all times for us to access with agricultural and forestry vehicles and livestock.

Location information for our car parks

  • Haydon Way –  nearest postcode B80 7EX or what3words – ///fame.ocean.crop
  • Morgrove Coppice – Burford Lane, Spernal or what3words – ///
  • Dorothy’s Wood – nearest postcode B50 4NP or what3words – ///mush.apart.joke
  • Coxmere Wood – nearest postcode CV37 8BD or what3words – ///tiles.attic.format
  • Giddings Wood – nearest postcode CV37 8BQ or what3words – ///blubber.cunning.crows
  • Noleham Wood – nearest postcode CV37 8BQ or what3words – ///guilty.topics.muffin

What is what3words? It is an easy way to talk about location. Find out about what3words here.

You can find further information on our website about visiting the Forest.

Social distancing advice to use the Forest safely

Events in the Forest

Our planned events until the end of August have been cancelled in order to keep our supporters safe. If you have registered to attend or purchased tickets for an event, we will be in touch with information about whether the event will be rescheduled or refunds issued.

During this time, we are looking at ways to bring Forest events to you at home instead. Our first virtual walk is now available, enabling you to take a stroll through the beautiful bluebell wood from the comfort of your own home. Find up to date information about events in the Forest on our website.

Volunteering in the Forest

The easing of restrictions means that we are beginning the phased reintroduction of practical volunteering in the Forest. Find out more on our volunteer web page. Our microvolunteering solution continues, providing a menu of activities that volunteers can undertake at home to continue their vital support even whilst self-isolating.

Learning in the Forest

We have put together a programme of support for schools ready for pupils returning from 1st June. Government guidelines are recommending that schools use outdoor education as much as possible to limit the transmission of the Coronavirus, and the Forest has plenty of space for learning and social distancing.  We look forward to welcoming pupils back to the Forest.

Coronavirus FAQs

For answers to your most frequently asked questions regarding coronavirus and the Forest, read our coronavirus FAQs.

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