Parks, greenspaces and allotments - Coronavirus update

Last updated 1 July 2021 - see grounds maintenance

We love our parks - they're great to escape to for both our physical and mental health. If you are visiting a park as part of your daily exercise please make sure you continue to follow current national guidance on gatherings, distancing and hand hygiene. Play parks, mixed use games areas, tennis courts, outdoor exercise equipment and skateparks are also fully open for use.

Please remember 

  • you should not share food and drink between households
  • to keep your distance – where possible stay at least 2m away from others
  • to keep dogs on a lead or under close control; don’t let them approach other people
  • to take your litter and dog poo bags home with you.

Pentland Hills Regional Park

  • Reduce the risk of transmitting Coronavirus by using gloves or hand gel if you need to open gates.
  • If you go into a field of farm animals, keep dogs on a short lead or close at heel and keep as far as possible from the animals.
  • If cattle react aggressively and move towards you, keep calm, let the dog go and take the shortest, safest route out of the field.
  • Find out more about the Pentland Hills Regional Park on their website.

Kiosks / concessions in parks

These will operating take-away food and drink in line with Government guidance. Please do not congregate to eat or drink; make your purchase and move on taking any litter home with you. These simple actions will really help to relieve the pressure on our stretched services.

Grounds maintenance

1 July update: Due to Covid restrictions our Grounds Maintenance teams are currently working at around 50% capacity and the work schedule is running behind for tasks such as grass cutting, weed control, hogweed. We're working as quickly as possible to catch up. Thank you for your patience and we'll get to your area as soon as we can.

Our green space teams are working through their spring/summer maintenance programme in our parks and green spaces.This includes clearing and widening pathways and cycle paths, cutting back hedges and shrubs and maintaining grassed areas to allow people to continue to use our parks and paths while keeping a safe distance. While this work is underway, for everyone's safety, please give workers space and adhere to our signage and physical distancing guidance.


These remain open as we know that allotments offer some much-needed exercise and support wellbeing at this difficult time. Please continue to follow national guidance on distancing and hand hygiene before and after touching anything such as gates and standpipe taps.

Litter bins in parks

Where possible please take your litter, including dog poo bags, home and put them in your grey landfill bin or your black communal bin. This simple action will help to relieve the pressure on our stretched services. 

Garden Aid

Our Garden Aid service resumed at the end of March 2021. Find out more and apply for the Garden Aid service.