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Ancient woodland at Burnham Beeches

Coronavirus: new government instructions on parks and open spaces

The City of London Corporation is maintaining public access to its green spaces for residents needing exercise and fresh air, benefitting physical and mental wellbeing. However, all public facilities are closed in line with the Government instructions on COVID-19.

In order to enjoy our parks and open spaces we request you:

  • maintain social distancing and keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • do not try to use the playgrounds, tennis courts, sports pitches, toilets, gyms, car parks and other public facilities that are closed
  • stay local and use open spaces near to your home for exercise and do not travel unnecessarily
  • please take all your litter and your dog waste home to dispose of
  • keep your dog under control, preferably on a lead, at all times keep your dog under control - preferably on a lead - at all times

The Corporation is constantly monitoring the circumstances across its green spaces during this national emergency. If social distancing advise, unnecessary travel are other rules are not being followed, we may have to close gated parks and green spaces.

For latest information, please visit the government advice to accessing green spaces.

Managing our green spaces

The City of London owns and manages almost 4,500 hectares of historic and natural open space for public recreation and health. Our green spaces, most of which are charitable trusts, are run at little cost to the communities that they serve. They are funded principally by the City of London, together with donations, sponsorship, grants and trading income.

Our spaces in and beyond the Square Mile have over 23 million visits each year. They include important wildlife habitats, sites of scientific interest and national nature reserves for the public to enjoy.

The City of London works with a number of partners to protect green spaces, most recently working with the Forestry Commission to control the spread of Oak Processionary Moth in London. For more information on Oak Processionary Moth, please see our OPM page.

To find out more about the City of London's Open Spaces please find your local green space on our map, visit our green space pages or download our Open Spaces Departmental Brochure (1.4MB)

For general enquires contact us:

Open Spaces Department
City of London
PO Box 270
London EC2P 2EJ
Tel: 020 7332 3505
Email: Open Spaces Department.

How our green spaces benefit London

13 March 2012
Last Modified:
02 April 2020