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Forest centre to remain open during national lockdown

High Lodge is to remain open during lockdown – Photo: Terry Hawkins

High Lodge Forest Centre just outside Brandon is to remain open during lockdown to allow for exercise and spending time outdoors.

The car park, toilets and play areas at High Lodge are fully open and the café is open for takeaway service. Unfortunately Bike Hire is unavailable and Go Ape are closed during the lockdown.

Forest Management Director for East England, Alex Brearley says; “Our teams have worked so hard to ensure that people can come to High Lodge and enjoy fresh air and exercise safely during these challenging times.

“Spending time outdoors is so important for our health and wellbeing. We look forward to welcoming you to High Lodge.”

Forestry England are reminding those visiting to keep yourself, their staff and other visitors safe by following the national restrictions particularly when meeting others safely and travelling.

They state they will do all they can to keep our forests and facilities available for local outdoor recreation and exercise while keeping staff and volunteers safe.

High Lodge have issued the following list of important points:

  • Reduce the number of journeys you make. Spending time outdoors should be done locally.
  • Only come with the people you live with, your support bubble, or meet one person from another household.
  • Please be aware that we may have to close car parks if they are too busy but please be prepared to return home and come another time.
  • Some facilities will be closed.
  • There may be fewer pay machines and a queue to pay. Why not make things easier and help support your local forest by becoming a member? You can buy membership in advance online.
  • Trails may be different. Follow any new, temporary signs they are there to help keep you safe.
  • Dress for the outdoors and wear suitable footwear and a helmet when cycling.

Please check their website for the most up to date news at High Lodge www.forestryengland.uk/high-lodge

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