Following the Prime Minister’s statement last night (23rd March), the Elford Walled Garden will now close to all Volunteers and Allotment Holders until further notice.
It is the Trustees view that this is deeply regrettable, but this highly necessary and responsible course of action must be implemented with immediate effect and will be maintained until further notice.
The government has identified an urgent need to introduce new restrictions on public life, and on non-essential businesses and recreational activities. This has been done to limit the spread of the coronavirus and to relieve the growing pressure on our National Health Service. Keeping the Walled Garden open is simply no longer compatible with the updated policy of government, which is designed to save lives in this time of national emergency.
The main gates, the House and Bothy will be kept locked, but the pedestrian entrance will remain open for pedestrian access only.