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Many of us are self-isolating due to coronavirus, but National Trust is making it easier to get fresh air without putting yourself at risk.
National Trust announced that they’re opening up many of their gardens, parks and green spaces.
Staying indoors for prolonged periods of time can be detrimental to our mental health, and many of us are struggling with a lack of fresh air.
But you don’t have to stay cooped up for long, thanks to free access to many National Trust locations.
Because these spaces are vast, it means you can still practice social distancing without a risk of overcrowding in parks.
Taking to Twitter, National Trust announced, ‘We’re aiming to open many of our gardens and parks for free during this difficult time, so the nation can use open spaces to relax and refresh, while following the government’s social distancing guidance.
‘We will be closing our houses, cafés and shops this week.’
So whilst you can’t stop for a coffee or a wander round a National Trust house, there’s plenty of nature for you to explore.
You could use the parks for exercise, dog walking or just a leisurely stroll to take in your surroundings.
Many have praised them for making this decision in uncertain times.
One Twitter user wrote, ‘Brilliant National Trust this is a wonderful idea. As a busy nurse at my local hospital I plan to take this opportunity up when I do get some down time!’
Another added, ‘Good to hear. We will all need a bit of nature and fresh air. Look forward to visiting some open spaces.’
And a third said, ‘This is a great response and will help people find peace amongst the madness. Well done.’
A statement posted on the National Trust website on Wednesday revealed they would like to keep spaces open as long as possible.
It read, ‘We will try to keep as many open spaces available as possible but this is a changing situation and we are strictly following Government advice so please keep checking our website for updated information and always check the site before you visit any of our places.
‘The wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our top concern.’
Thank you, National Trust!