Harewood House sets date to reopen grounds

Harewood House grounds and gardens look set to open in early July.

Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 3:55 pm
Fwd: Harewood House to reopen Grounds and Gardens as a space to be in the outdoors and the 50th anniversary of the Bird Garden

In an update, Trust Director Jane Marriott said staff were keen to get back on site but the organisation would be following Government guidelines.

“Harewood is a ticketed site, and as such, the earliest we are able to open our Grounds and Gardens is in the third phase of the Government’s plans,” said Jane.

“The Prime Minister indicated that this would be the first full week of July at the earliest.

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“The safety of visitors and the safety and welfare of our team is paramount, and as such there will be many measures put in place on site to enable our safe re-opening.

“Social distancing will need to be maintained in all areas. This may mean that we have to restrict the number of members and visitors we can give access to high footfall areas such as the Bird Garden, or indeed the whole site itself.”

She added that perspex screening, one-way routes and hand washing points would be in place.

“The House, and enclosed or communal areas such as the Café seating area, will remain closed,” said Jane.

“We hope to open the House to restricted numbers at the earliest opportunity, however, we will only do so when we are confident that it is safe.

“We know how many families adore our Adventure Playground, however, we believe it is unsafe to re-open the playground at this time so we are investing in creating an alternative outdoor safe play offer.”

Harewood House and grounds have been closed since lockdown started, in the Government’s bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The trust has been running virtual posts, videos, activity sheets and more during lockdown.

Jane added that there had been financial implications of the lockdown and added: “Whilst we have been closed, our opportunities for generating vital income have been severely restricted, whilst costs have continued to mount.

“Ongoing support from our Members has proved to be a vital lifeline for the charity.”