If you're a lover of the great outdoors – and of beautifully manicured gardens in particular – you'll be delighted to learn that our fantastic National Trust is reopening a selection of its gardens from today, June 3rd.
The sites in question have been closed in line with the COVID-19 restrictions, but around 29 of them will now be once again opened to members of the public, although admission – at least initially – will be by pre-booked tickets only.
Now-open National Trust sites include Sissinghurst in Kent, Corfe Castle in Dorset, Lacock in Wiltshire, Hardwick in Derbyshire, Cliveden and Waddesdon in Buckinghamshire, and Sutton Hoo in Suffolk.
The full list of newly opened sites can be found here, but be sure to get a ticket before making plans.
Director-General Hilary McGrady said: “We want to provide safe, local, welcoming spaces for people, and wherever possible we will open our gardens and parks, and coast and countryside car parks.
“The fresh air, bird song, big skies and open spaces people have missed will be there, but things will be very different, particularly at first. We want to thank people for their patience and support while we gradually begin reopening and welcoming our visitors.”
Elsewhere, the National Trust have now opened over 200 coast and countryside car parks in England and Northern Ireland.