18 March 2020

National Trust opens public spaces free of charge during coronavirus pandemic

The National Trust have said they will keep their gardens, parks and open spaces in both countryside and coastal regions open and free of charge during the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Trust’s houses, cafés and shops will close on Friday, March 20, but the planted spaces will now be free for both members and non-members.

“The National Trust was founded 125 years ago for the benefit of the entire nation,” said Hilary McGrady, director-general of the National Trust. 

“We want to honour our mission – to enable people and nature to thrive. Over the coming weeks we will do all that we can to keep on providing public benefit through caring for places and giving people access wherever possible.”

“While we will close our indoor areas to help fight the spread of coronavirus, we recognise that people are likely to need access to open space.”

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