Can I visit a Trust site safely during COVID-19?

  • We are endeavouring to keep all Trust sites open for responsible public access.
  • We ask that all visitors behave courteously to others and follow the Countryside Code (please keep to marked paths and close all gates behind you).
  • Please follow Governement COVID-19 guidance on social distancing and other precautions. – Staying Safe Outside your Home

I have a question about TCCT Car parks…

New parking charges were introduced on 15th July 2020, for parking at all of TCCT sites across Torbay. Parking at sites including Cockington Country Park and Berry Head NNR is now 50p for a 20 minute stay (£1.50 per hour / £6 for 4 hours and over). See more

Park with Ease manage all TCCT car parks on our behalf. If you receive a PCN from Park with Ease our advice is to settle it as soon as possible. TCCT is unable to facilitate PCN appeals for you. Please be mindful that there is lots of factually misleading and legally dubious information about Park with Ease circulating on social media. Contact: Park with Ease

You can read more about parking at our sites on our dedicated Parking page.

Can I get a refund on the event I was booked on?

Yes. If your event was cancelled because of COVID-19 a refund will be issued. (All events between March and July 2020 were cancelled). We are unable to run our usual programme of Autumn and Winter events at the moment but hope we can review this very soon.

I am worried visitors are not adhering to government social distancing guidelines…

The Trust is unable to enforce social distancing guidelines. We ask all visitors to behave sensibly and observe Government guidelines. If large social gatherings occur on one of our sites during the lock-down period, we will seek assistance from the police.

Will TCCT be considering remuneration to members unable to use car parks closed due to COVID-19?

Our terms and conditions of membership:

  • The terms of membership and parking and benefits package state that we do not refund fees in total or in part.
  • If you wish to cancel your membership and/or benefits card and parking package, you should contact us 30 days before the renewal date.
  • We reserve the right to change or withdraw benefits, promotions and offers at any time.

The Trust parking and benefits package is already excellent value for money, compared to paying for parking by the session.

Once the COVID-19 crisis has passed, we will be able to assess the impact on the Trust and determine whether we can offer subscribers any discount at renewal.

I am concerned about anti-social behaviour at a Trust site.

We ask all visitors to our sites to follow the Countryside Code and Government COVID-19 guidelines. If there is a significant recurring problem on a Trust site, we will seek assistance from the police.

Cyclists are riding across Trust Sites. Is that allowed?

It remains illegal to cycle on public footpaths. Cycling is only permitted on bridleways and those permissive paths on Trust land where it is clearly indicated that cycling is allowed. We ask all visitors to our sites to obey the law, follow the Countryside Code and consider others at this time.

Cycling is permitted in Cockington Country Park along tarmac routes. TCCT very much promotes this as a shared space for both walkers and cyclists to enjoy. However, cyclists are encouraged to ride safely, be mindful of others using the park and ride within the 5mph speed limit, which is clearly signposted along these routes. It’s worth noting that paths around Cockington Country Park are not Public Rights of Way, where cycling is not permitted, this includes cycling through the Water Meadow where the is clearly signposted.

Can I ride a motorised scooter at TCCT sites?

TCCT doesn’t permit the use of motorised scooters on TCCT land at this time. We will endeavour to review the position, once Government trials have been completed and the legislative position on licensing of scooters is clarified.

There’s someone camping on TCCT land!

Camping is prohibited on all Trust land. All occupants of tents and camper vans/mobile homes are instructed to move on. If they fail to do so, they are served with a notice to vacate. If they do not comply with this notice, the Trust will obtain a court order to move them on. We will address such issues as promptly as we can during COVID-19.

When is Occombe Farm reopening?

Occombe Farm is currently closed in line with the latest COVID-19 national restrictions and whilst building work for the new Occombe Farm Visitor Attraction and Farm Shop is undertaken. (It is normally open daily 9am – 5pm. You can walk around the orchard and a diverted nature trail). Our animals our being cared for elsewhere currently whilst we continue to work with limited capacity. Occombe Farm Café is open More >

What are the new plans for Occombe Farm?

Our regeneration plan for Occombe is to create an exciting all-weather visitor destination at Occombe Farm. A mix of indoor and outdoor play and activities alongside a much larger farm shop. We’ve already made improvements to Occombe Farm Cafe.

If you’d like to know more about our plans click here…

Can I use a metal detector on TCCT land?

Under the terms our stewardship agreement we are unable to permit metal detecting on TCCT land.

I’ve got a different question…

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