A statement from the Hill End Trustees – updated 24 March 2020
We are facing unprecedented times at Hill End due to the current coronavirus outbreak. As a very small new charity, and in common with many small businesses, this is hugely challenging for us. Until 22 March, we had stayed open and taken every precaution with regards to hygiene to safeguard our staff and visitors on what is a very large outdoor site.
However, from this week, following the latest Govt announcements, we have needed to close our site and either cancel or postpone upcoming activities. For bookings up until 1 July 2020 we will be offering our customers either the option of a refund or to postpone their visit until later in the year.
We do hope that our customers and community support us by taking the option to postpone their bookings rather than cancel. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank them for their understanding and patience during what has been a very difficult and changing situation for everyone.
This is especially disappointing for us as we had hoped to be doing even more this year to celebrate our 100-year anniversary. Since taking over Hill End from the County Council in 2017, The Hill End Charitable Trust has been very proud of what it has achieved, but have not had time to build up reserves. We risk the very real threat of having to close for good if we cannot weather the next few months.
We believe that the country will need places like Hill End more than ever after this emergency has passed, for health, wellbeing and to promote an appreciation of nature. We are doing everything to ensure Hill End is still here after coronavirus, and hope that you will support us.
If you have any queries about this please contact us.
If you are able help or donate to the Hill End Charitable Trust we would be very grateful – please visit our donations page.