Stay local and explore the outdoors near you this bank holiday weekend, urges National Trust

Press release
Spring hedgerows at Bradenham
Published : 22 May 2020

The National Trust is urging people across England to stay close to home and explore local green spaces and countryside this weekend, as part of the collective effort to make easing of the lockdown work.

Following the Government’s relaxation of measures to combat coronavirus allowing people to travel for exercise, visitors have been keen to get to coast and countryside hotspots over the past few days to enjoy the unseasonably good weather.

As the charity’s coastal and countryside car parks begin to reopen, typical tourist hotspots are already under pressure due to visitor numbers. The Trust wants people to be aware and consider staying local to enjoy the bank holiday. 

Andy Beer, Regional Director for the National Trust in the Midlands says: “We fully understand that after eight weeks of lockdown everyone just wants to get outside to enjoy the good weather, fresh air and the sea or countryside.

“But when lots of us do this, we have a major effect on others, the local communities we are visiting and the emergency services.

If the easing of lockdown is going to work then we need to change our habits a bit.  

“We’re urging people to think local and to go on a new adventure by exploring the green spaces and countryside which are close to them this weekend.”

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