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Published on 25 March 2020

Parks and green spaces

Avian Influenza

FAO Allotment holders:

From 14 December it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures.

Following a number of confirmed cases of avian influenza in both wild and captive birds in the UK, new measures to protect poultry and captive birds will come into force.

Public health advice is that the risk to human health from the virus is very low and it does not affect the consumption of poultry products including eggs.

Poultry and captive bird keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. You can help prevent avian flu by:

  • Housing or netting all poultry and captive birds.
  • Cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds - if practical, use disposable protective clothing.
  • Reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and using effective vermin control.
  • Thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting housing at the end of a production cycle.
  • Keeping fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry and captive bird housing or enclosures.
  • Minimising 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.

Further information can be found at:


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, open-air gyms and Multi-Use Games Areas remain open. Please follow the government’s national restrictions guidance.


Facilities update

The Talkin Tarn Tearoom and kiosk takeaway service is closed until further notice. The site remains open with the public toilets open between 9am and 5pm. Visitors are asked to follow government guidance and exercise locally wherever possible.


Allotment advice

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

Also follow government advice and if you have been advised to self-isolate, do not visit the allotment and stay at home.

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 covid19 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 at the following link:

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

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