As lockdown restrictions ease and the stay at home rule eases, Newark and Sherwood District Council encourages residents to enjoy their local parks and open spaces throughout the district in a covid-safe manner.

While the guide says we should minimize travel, staying in place is still considered the best idea. Local parks are ideal places for families to meet again after a very long winter.

There are a variety of parks and open spaces throughout the district. From hiking the Southwell Trail to biking in Sherwood Pines, to wildlife spotting and bird watching in one of the many Places of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), there is something for everyone without traveling outside of the district.


The great outdoors has always been viewed as one of the safer environments during the pandemic, but it’s still important that everyone follow the rules. Up to two households or six people can meet, still socially distant.

District Council Chairman David Lloyd said, “While we should all be aware that the coronavirus hasn’t gone away, it’s really exciting that we can now go outside with up to six people or two households. Newark and Sherwood really are blessed with some wonderful open spaces spaces that we can all use, however, it is important that we adhere to government guidelines: hands, face, space, and air, and when you meet outside, maintain social distance .

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“The roadmap is data-based, not data-based, so we need continued help from everyone in our region to keep moving forward.”

For more information on where to enjoy outdoor recreation in the district, visit