Coronavirus FAQs - The Heart of England Forest

Coronavirus FAQs

Visiting the Forest

1. Is the Forest open?

The Heart of England Forest is open. The public and permissive footpaths across our 7,000 acres of Forest are an ideal place to get some fresh air whilst observing social distancing.  We want people to benefit from spending time in the Forest, but this must be done safely and within the latest Government Guidelines.

Social distancing advice to use the Forest safely

We will continue to monitor the situation and will put appropriate measures in place to safeguard our visitors in response to updated Government Guidance.

2. Are the car parks open?

Yes, the Forest car parks are open from 8am – 5pm (from 1st October – end March) and 8am – 9pm (from 1st April – end September). 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. You can find further information on our website about visiting the Forest.

We are working hard to keep our staff team and the public safe, so please vacate the car parks before closing time to enable our staff to lock them on time, without having to come into contact with anyone.

3. How do I contact the Heart of England Forest team?

If you have an urgent query you can contact the team on


4. Are you cancelling your events?

Our planned face to face events have sadly been cancelled until further notice. Instead we are looking at ways to bring Forest events to you at home. We are developing further online events and you will find up to date information about events in the Forest on our website, or by signing up to our e-newsletter for monthly updates about the Forest.


5. Can I still volunteer?

All practical volunteering in the Forest has been suspended with immediate effect. We are reviewing our microvolunteering programme, which provides a menu of activities that volunteers can undertake at home to continue their vital support even whilst self-isolating. Visit the volunteer web page for updates.

Forest supporters

6. I’m a Friend of the Forest, will I continue to receive my supporter magazine?

Friends of the Forest will continue to receive their magazine and are able to use their parking permit in all Forest car parks. The ongoing support of our Friends has never been more vital to enable us to continue creating and conserving the Forest, so thank you very much for your support.

7. Can I still dedicate a tree in the Forest?

Yes, you can still dedicate trees in the Forest and by doing so you are supporting our important work creating tomorrow’s great native woodland, at a time when our fundraising options are very limited. Find out about tree dedications here.

Changes due to coronavirus

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. Read more.

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