OUR NEXT OPEN DAY IS:
**POP-UP OPEN GARDEN: SATURDAY 27TH FEBRUARY, 11.30AM-3PM**
MANAGED ENTRY FOR YOU, YOUR HOUSEHOLD, YOUR BUBBLE, OR YOUR ONE-ON-ONE EXERCISE GROUP - FRIENDLY DOGS WELCOME!
NO BOOKING REQUIRED
CONTACT THE BRACKEN HALL MANAGER (DETAILS BELOW) FOR FURTHER DETAILS
FEBRUARY 2021 - NATIONAL LOCKDOWN IN ENGLAND DUE TO COVID-19: Bracken Hall Countryside Centre can continue to open its Wildlife Garden during the latest national lockdown to allow visitors to exercise.
According to the gov.uk website, the Countryside Centre's staff and volunteers are allowed to leave home to open the Wildlife Garden:
A 'reasonable excuse' [to leave home] includes:
You can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home. This includes, but is not limited to, people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance
You can also leave home to provide voluntary or charitable services.
In terms of visitors, they are allowed to visit the Bracken Hall garden as part of their daily outdoor exercise. According to gov.uk:
You should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
- by yourself
- with the people you live with
- with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
- in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
- or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household
This includes but is not limited to running, cycling, walking...
Public outdoor spaces, as defined on gov.uk:
Public outdoor places include:
- parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
- public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
- the grounds of a heritage site
WE HAVE NOW HAD SEVERAL POP-UP OPENINGS OF THE BRACKEN HALL GARDEN. WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO OPEN THE GARDEN ON CERTAIN DAYS ACCORDING TO THE PREVAILING WEATHER (AND FORECAST) SO PLEASE WATCH FOR THE SIGNS ON THE GLEN ON THE DAY AND ANNOUNCEMENTS ON THE BRACKEN HALL COUNTRYSIDE CENTRE FACEBOOK PAGE AND BAILDON TOWN COUNCIL WEBSITE. FEEL FREE TO INCLUDE OUR WILDLIFE GARDEN ON YOUR EXERCISE ROUTE. POP ALONG TO THE GATE WHERE YOU'LL GET A WARM WELCOME. NO ADVANCED BOOKING IS NEEDED. UNFORTUNATELY THE WEATHER IS LIKELY TO REMAIN CHANGEABLE SO IT IS HARD TO GIVE MUCH ADVANCED NOTICE, SO PLEASE BE PATIENT, AND KEEP CHECKING BACK HERE, OR CONTACT THE CENTRE'S MANAGER.
Latest update (January 2021):
Many thanks to all our visitors and supporters for your continued patience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks also to the visitors that have joined our volunteers and staff at BHCC in November and December and now into 2021.
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre has COVID-19 secure status, with certain interventions in place (e.g. controlled access, hand sanitiser, signage, track and trace compliance, etc.), so we feel confident in opening the site in a limited capacity.
For updates on these, please see this page, or with specific enquiries, contact Richard White, the Centre Manager (contact details below)
This is a wintry view from the Bracken Hall Wildlife Garden, looking up towards Baildon Moor and Crook Farm Caravan Site
With the changing seasons there is still a lot to see. These primroses started flowering in November in the BHCC garden, and will provide their charm well into spring
Please watch this space for updates.
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Glen Road, Baildon, BD17 5EA
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