Walled Garden Update January 6th 2021

During this current period of severe lockdown, trustees have decided to close access to the car parking at the walled garden in response to the government’s request to restrict travel.   There will still be pedestrian access but none of the usual facilities will be available.  Any members of the public using the garden area MUST adhere to the strict government safety guidelines.

There is currently no access to the bothy, the house or to toilets

National guidelines for ensuring personal safety are being updated on an almost daily basis.   At the walled garden, our priority is to do what we can to establish a safe environment for all garden users.   Many of our volunteers, allotment holders and visitors fall into the ‘vulnerable’ category and each user should take whatever steps are needed to protect their own health and that of other garden users.

As in all areas of England, everyone should remember the ‘Hands. Face. Space’ rule

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • face – wear a face covering in all settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space – stay 2 metres apart from people where possible

With regard to volunteering, the Trustees wish to comply as fully as possibly with the new stricter guidelines announced this week by the government.  By increasing the restrictions in force, the government hopes to bring the spread of the latest coronavirus strain under control and the Trustees support this stance fully.

The Trustees take the safety of volunteers, allotment holders and other garden users very seriously.   Trustees acknowledge that the walled garden is a relatively safe environment for volunteers and that volunteering brings with it both physical and mental benefits but for the foreseeable future volunteering will not be encouraged.

Watch this space for further announcements!