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Published on 25 March 2020

Parks and green spaces

Avian Influenza

FAO Allotment holders:

New housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza comes into force on Monday 29 November 2021.

It will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.

From Monday 29 November 2021 onwards you will be legally required to keep your birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds.

Poultry keepers must now do the following:

  • House or net all poultry and captive birds to keep them separate from wild birds.
  • Cleanse and disinfect clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds - if practical, use disposable protective clothing.
  • Reduce the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimize contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and use effective vermin control.
  • Thoroughly cleanse and disinfect housing on a continuous basis.
  • Keep fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all farm and poultry housing entry and exit points.
  • Minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds.

Do not touch or pick up any dead or sick birds that you find. 

If you find dead swans, geese or ducks or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

For further information:


Parks and Green Spaces

We are urging visitors to follow social distancing guidelines and to dispose of their litter responsibly.

  • Do not visit any of our facilities if you have any symptoms - See NHS guidelines if this applies to you.
  • Observe social distancing.
  • Keep children supervised at all times.
  • Avoid touching surfaces (such as gates or handrails) and your mouth and face. Please follow Public Health England advice on hand washing and bring along your own sanitiser.
  • Take all your litter home or use a litter bin.
  • Keep dogs on leads and pick up dog mess.
  • Wash your hands when you get home.

Parks and open spaces maintenance may be reduced at this time so we are focussing on keeping sites as safe and clean as possible. We’d appreciate the co-operation of the public who continue to use our green spaces in making use of litter bins.

Our play areas and outdoor gyms are open. Please follow the government’s national restrictions guidance.


Facilities update

When using and visiting the facilities please follow social distancing rules and when entering the Talkin Tarn kiosk takeaway service wear a face covering.

Public toilets are open between 9am and 5pm.


Allotment advice

To ensure our allotment sites can remain open and users are safe, please refer to the National Allotments Society guidelines.

National Allotments Society guidance in summary is as follows:

  • Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly.
  • Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locked.
  • Observe “Social Distancing” - Stay two metres (6ft) away from other people.
  • Do not share tools.
  • Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes.
  • Do not wash your hands in water troughs.
  • All communal facilities are closed.
  • Please consider neighbours and don’t burn anything during this covid-19 emergency. Many allotment sites are surrounded by houses where vulnerable people may be getting their only bit of fresh air through an open window.

Further advice from the Association can be found on the following link.

Any queries, please contact us by calling 01228 817200 or email [email protected]   

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