Major changes are being brought in at Trentham Estate as work starts to welcome visitors back to the Italian Gardens.
The visitor attraction has been shut since March 23 due to the Government’s coronavirus lockdown.
But Trentham Garden Centre reopened last week within the shopping village and now more details have emerged about plans for the Italian Gardens.
Planned changes include:
- A capacity limit inside the gardens to ensure social distancing can be maintained;
- A new one-way system around the gardens;
- New opening hours from 9am to 6pm – with last admission at 5pm;
- The south entrance, lakeside cafe, play area, maze, barefoot walk, and viewing platform will remain closed;
- Restrictions on the number of parking spaces;
- A new exit route over the bridge by the garden centre.
It has not been revealed when the Italian Gardens will reopen.
A Trentham Estate spokesman said: “We have been closely reviewing updates from the Government and can confirm that we are now working hard to reopen the gardens, as soon as it is safe to do so.
“There are several measures we must put in place prior to opening, to ensure we are keeping our staff safe while working.
“Initially, we will restrict access to our existing members who will be allowed access for the purposes of exercise.
“We are also implementing a restriction on capacity which will help support social distancing and provide an environment to allow you to visit safely. This may mean that members would need to pre-book an arrival time and use a numbered queuing system on arrival to help us manage capacity.
“It is likely that facilities will be restricted in the initial phase of reopening. There will be restricted numbers allowed in a reduced number of toilet facilities, which will have a socially-distanced queuing system and be cleaned constantly during our opening hours.
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“In step one of the re-opening we must remind people not to gather, or meet any more than one other person, not from their household. Please do keep all dogs on a short lead.
“We are working with several of our cafes to provide some takeaway drink and food provision and are spacing out open-air picnic tables. However, you may wish to bring your own refreshments with you.
“For now, please stay safe and be assured that we cannot wait to welcome you back.”