Currently coronavirus (Covid-19) is spreading across the country forcing charities such as ours to take decisive action.
The Forest is open
The Heart of England Forest remains open, and the woodlands are a good place to be. Proven to benefit both physical and mental health, 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. Visit the Forest.
Events in the Forest
Many of our planned events will need to be postponed in order to keep our supporters safe, and for those low risk activities which are going ahead we have undertaken full risk assessments and implemented measures in order to minimise risk. 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. Find up to date information about events in the Forest on our website.
Volunteering in the Forest
Our regular volunteering activities in the Forest have been temporarily suspended, but we are working hard to implement our microvolunteering solution – a menu of activities volunteers can undertake at home to continue their vital support even whilst self-isolating.
Learning in the Forest
We are also sad that our schools programme has been paused, although we are excited to be working up a programme of support for schools staying open to care for the children of our vital frontline workers.
Getting into the great outdoors
The open space in the Forest enables people to benefit from getting outside whilst observing social distancing. It has never been more important to look after our mental health and wellbeing and getting in the great outdoors is one way to get a much needed boost. Find our woodland walks.
The severity of the coronavirus situation has necessitated lots of changes to our normal activities, but as a charity all about planting trees and new life, we are remaining positive and working to deliver other opportunities to help our supporters engage with us in new and different ways.
We are closely monitoring advice on the current coronavirus situation from Government. We will continue to monitor the situation and will put appropriate measures in place to safeguard our visitors in response to updated Government guidance.
We have put together answers to your most frequently asked questions regarding coronavirus and the Forest and will be keeping these updated. Read our coronavirus FAQs.