As the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions continues, the National Trust announced its plan to reopen gardens and parklands.
In England as well as Northern Ireland, a number of gardens and parklands that had been closed because of the pandemic will be allowed to resume operation. From the 3rd of June, about 29 sites are expected to open to members and visitors who booked tickets in advance and more to follow in the upcoming days.
In order to maintain social distancing, the operation will be restricted to only a third of the normal capacity.
Northern Ireland moved a step further in easing out the lockdown restrictions by reopening more outdoor spaces after the announcement to move forward with relaxation was made by the Prime Minister.
Hilary McGrady, the National Trust`s Director-General said: “We want to provide safe, local, welcoming spaces for people, and wherever possible we will open our gardens and parks, and coast and countryside car parks.
“The fresh air, bird song, big skies and open spaces people have missed will be there, but things will be very different, particularly at first. We want to thank people for their patience and support while we gradually begin reopening and welcoming our visitors,” she added.
According to the Welsh lockdown rules, all properties and car parks in Wales will have to remain closed as they have a risk of high demand.
All visitors have been encouraged to check out which parks will be allowed to reopen by visiting the individual property web pages. Among the listed sites where visits to outdoor spaces can now be pre-booked are Belton House in Lincolnshire, Cliveden in Buckinghamshire and Mottisfont in Hampshire.
Meanwhile, all facilities like houses, shops, holiday cottages and campsites will not be allowed to open at these sites.