Notice relating to COVID-19

Issued: 17:45 Wednesday 12th May 2021

Please find below further information relating to COVID-19.  This page will be updated as the situation changes.

National/local restrictions

On the 12th April the Government updated the Covid restrictions and guidance and full details can be found on the Government website. Please follow all current guidance to keep you, your family and our local community safe.

Visiting the Malvern Hills and Commons

A summary of the current guidance on visiting outdoor spaces:

  • Only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
  • Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside

Full guidance can be found on the Government website.  Don't forget to follow the Countryside Code when visiting to help protect and conserve our precious outdoor spaces.

Car parks

Our car parks remain open, in line with Government guidance that travel is permitted for the reason of outdoor exercise or recreation.

Pay and display

Pay and display will still apply under the new national restrictions and this provides vital income for our charity to continue caring for the Malvern Hills and Commons. 

Pay and display charge is £4.60 for a full day ticket.

We are grateful to everyone who support the conservation of the Hills and Commons by purchasing passes for our car parks.  Parking passes are available using the following options:

Levy Payers' car parking passes

(previously known as Resident's passes)

We are grateful to everyone who supports the conservation of the Hills and Commons by purchasing passes for our car parks.  Residents within the town of Malvern and the parishes of Colwall, Guarlford, Malvern Wells, Mathon and West Malvern who pay the levy to the Trust on their Council Tax bill, are entitled to a concessionary parking pass at £5.90 each.

2021-2022 Levy payer parking passes (valid to the 31st May 2022) are now available to be purchased in the following ways:

  • By email – by completing the application form (word doc) or application form (PDF), providing proof of address and making payment by BACs. Completed forms and proof of address should be emailed to parking@malvernhills.org.uk
  • By post – by completing the application form, providing proof of address and making payment by cheque or BACs. Applications should be posted to Malvern Hills Trust, Manor House, Grange Road, Malvern, WR14 3EY 

Passes cost £5.90 each plus £1.00 for postage and administration and a maximum of three passes are available per household.

If you're unable to apply for your pass online, the Trust offices will be open from Tuesday 4th May from 9:00am to 3:30pm (Monday to Friday) for the sale of car park passes only.  You must bring with you proof of your address, preferably a copy of your Council Tax bill confirming your eligibility for the Levy payer pass.  For your safety and the safety of the Trust staff, a 1 in, 1 out policy will apply and please wear a mask unless you are exempt.  Card payment is preferable. 

Levy payer parking passes are valid until the 31st May 2022.

Annual parking passes

Annual parking passes can still be purchased in the following ways:

  • By email – by completing the application form (word doc) or application form (PDF) and making payment by BACs. Completed forms should be emailed to parking@malvernhills.org.uk
  • By post – by completing the application form and making payment by cheque or BACs. Applications should be posted to Malvern Hills Trust, Manor House, Grange Road, Malvern, WR14 3EY 
  • By telephone, with payment by card between 10am and 3:30pm, Monday to Friday. Please only use this option if you cannot apply in any other ways.

Passes cost £39.00 (£15.00 for a second vehicle at the same household) and are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. Please include a stamped addressed envelope with your application, or include an additional £1.00 for postage and administration.

From the 1st April 2021 passes will cost £39.00 (£15.00 for a second vehicle at the same household).

Staying safe

Please do your bit to stay safe and respect the local community.  We’ve provided some further information on how you can keep yourself and others safe when exercising on the Malvern Hills and Commons in line with official Government advice.

Walking

  • Explore some of the lesser known paths and avoid the more popular areas to minimise contact with others. As a walker you have a right of access over land under our care so you have lots of opportunities to find your own space.
  • Stay at least 2 metres away from others. Please be generous with space when passing people on paths.
  • Be polite and considerate to others. If you’re more mobile and able to, please step aside to allow cyclists or wheelchair users through where space is limited, to make sure everyone is at a safe distance from each other.
  • If walking with your dog please keep it under effective control and do not let your pet run up to other visitors. Please keep your dog on a lead near livestock to keep the sheep safe.

Cycling

  • Use a bell or call out in plenty of time to alert other visitors to your approach.
  • Stay at least 2 metres away from others to keep yourself and other safe.
  • Be polite and considerate to others. You may need to stop and dismount or wait when passing other visitors in order to maintain a safe distance.
  • Please keep your speed down and consider your abilities so you don't take risks that might cause you to require assistance from an already overstretched NHS.
  • The byelaws still apply so please keep to bridleways and permissive paths (map)
  • Cycling UK have provided a guide to social distancing and cycling here.

Running

  • Explore some of the lesser known paths and avoid the more popular areas to minimise contact with others.
  • As you're more likely to be breathing hard and sweating, please take extra care to keep your distance.
  • Be polite and considerate to others. You may need to slow down or stop to keep your distance to allow others the time to move aside to maintain a safe distance of 2 metres.
  • Please follow these tips to keep yourself and the local community safe during this difficult time.

You may wish to bring with you hand sanitiser or gloves on your visit.  Make sure you wash your hands after your visit and before eating.  Please dispose of any litter in the bins provided or take your litter home.

Toilets

The Trust is not responsible for the public toilets at the Wyche Cutting or at British Camp.  Although they remain open at this time, this may change.  Please contact Herefordshire Council for up to date information.

The toilets at St Ann’s Well are open whilst the cafe is open.

On the ground

Our wardens will still be available on the ground to provide information and assistance to visitors and to patrol the Hills and Commons.

Contacting the Trust

Office closure

The Trust's offices are open for the purchase of car park passes only.  Please only use this option if unable to purchase your Levy payer or Annual pass online

Opening hours are from 9am to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Getting in touch

The office will be manned by a small team of staff to respond to phone calls and carry out essential day to day work.

Other staff working from home during this period, so it may take us longer to answer phone calls. 

If possible, please contact the Trust via email in the first instance at info@malvernhills.org.uk (if urgent, call 01684 892002 and in an emergency always call 999).  Staff will respond to emails as soon as they are able but again, it may take longer to respond to your query than usual.  Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.

Volunteer Conservation Days

We have made the difficult decision to cancel all volunteer conservation tasks to protect our staff and volunteers.  We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you again as soon as it is safe to do so.

Board and Committee meetings

Temporary arrangements during Covid-19 restrictions

The Trust may hold virtual meetings (with trustees taking part by video link or by telephone) whilst it is not possible to hold face-to-face meetings. Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all meetings will be held online and will be streamed live for public viewing (except where personnel matters or commercially sensitive matters are to be discussed or where legal professional privilege applies.).  The next Board meeting will be held on the 10th June.

For a full list of the Board and Committee meetings please see the meeting timetable. Agendas, papers and minutes can be found for each meeting by selecting the meeting using our Events Calendar.

COVID-19 Contingency Committee

The Board set up this committee to take urgent decisions during the first phase of the coronavirus lockdown.  It comprises the Chair and Vice Chair of the Board, and the Chairs and Vice Chairs of all the standing Committees (Land Management, Finance, Administration and Resources, Staffing, Governance).  

Board member profiles

Archived minutes

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Updated: 17:45 Wednesday 12th May 2021