NOTE 24/3/20: Following current guidance, the National Trust have now closed access to all of their parks and properties. Other parks remain open for exercise and fresh air, but it’s really important that the rules of social distancing are adhered to. You can find out the Government’s up-to-date advice here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
With the current ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, everyone must practise self-isolation or social distancing. Whilst these ideas conjure up images of being cooped up indoors, getting outside for fresh air is really important if at all possible, with benefits to mental health as well as physical health. With that in mind, we’ve put together this post of a few of our favourite local green spaces where you can go for a wander and enjoy the spring, whilst adhering to recommended social distancing measures to slow the spread of the virus through the population.
Ealing common has 47 acres of open space, and has no less than five avenues created by horse chestnut trees which were planted in Victorian times! Lovely for a stroll, with plenty of room to keep a safe distance from others.
If you’re into history, it’s also worth giving this Hidden London piece a read before you visit, from a meeting place for workers during the general strike, to wartime allotments Ealing Common has a fascinating past.
Pitshanger Park is bordered by the River Brent to the north of the park, which is great for wildlife and walks alongside the river. It has large open spaces as well as excellent walking routes, and is where the community usually comes together for the Party in the Park event organised by the Pitshanger Community Association (PCA). With that in mind, during these times of social distancing it will also be a great place to go for a wander and if you’re a regular to the community events, you may even experience a friendly wave from someone you recognise.
Walpole Park is run by Ealing Council and is open to all! Its 28 Acres of green space usually lend it to being used for the Ealing summer Festival and it was once part of the estate grounds of Pitzhanger Manor. Currently it means there is lots of space in the fresh air to enjoy a nice walk surrounded by green and nature in the middle of the borough.
You can find out more information about Walpole Park here.
Osterley Park and House
We’re also really lucky to have Osterley Park and House just down the road in Isleworth. Amid the ongoing Coronavirus situation, the house, gardens, café and shop are closed. But the parkland will remain open for people to enjoy whilst adhering to social distancing measures – it’s a lovely place to take the dog for a walk through beautiful parkland.
The National Trust have stated that they will keep as many of their green spaces open to the public as is safe to do so, for free.
With the guidelines being ever changing, before you travel to a National Trust green space, it’s worth just checking their up-to-date statements on Covid-19 and the website of the place you’re looking to attend before leaving.
You can find their up-to-date Coronavirus information here.
Those are just a few of the green spaces we like to take walks in, we’re really lucky in this area with so many more! You can find a list of more parks here on the Ealing council website, as well as location information for the places we’ve mentioned.
It’s important to listen to the ever-changing government guidelines as the current situation develops, but within that guidance it’s still perfectly okay to enjoy the great outdoors.