The Covid-19 outbreak has had fundamental changes on the way we go about our daily lives. Green spaces have an important part to play in our physical health and mental wellbeing, now and as part of the recovery, but we must all adapt how we use and manage these spaces to keep everyone in our communities safe.
General guidance and advice on management of public spaces, including parks, may vary between Home Nations - you should refer to your appropriate national guidance:
To aid people in maintaining social distancing whilst enjoying your local park or green space you could place tape or chalk marks on paths at appropriate intervals.
Parks, green spaces and heritage consultants, CFP, have worked collaboratively with parks management practitioners to produce specific guidance to help people and organisations navigate through the crisis. The guidance is regularly updated to reflect the current situation in terms of restrictions.
The Association of Play Industries (API) is the lead trade association for the UK play sector. Whilst it is not the API's role to provide formal guidance they have issued a statement to support organisations managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms which interprets Government guidance and helps ensure playgrounds can be accessed safely.
greenspace scotland in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund have published "Managing Scotland’s parks and greenspaces during Covid-19", a guide for local authorities and green space managers in Scotland bringing together the latest guidanace from the Scottish Government, public health authorities and other relevant organisations.
If you are a sports club or have groups using your green space who may have been adversely affected financially by the Covid-19 outbreak, support and advice is available to assist the sport and recreation sector.
The Fields in Trust team are working remotely in line with Government guidelines. For general enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the team will get back to you, or if you know who you'd like to contact please use their direct email or phone number.