POPULAR parkland around an historic country house is to reopen tomorrow following the latest Government advice on coronavirus.

Compton Verney, near Banbury, will reopen its 120 acres of Grade II-listed Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown-designed grounds.

The park attracts thousands of visitors with a scenic lake and bridge, statues and a woodland. They surround an art gallery, which remains closed.

Managers say their top priority is the health and safety of visitors and staff and will be enforcing social distancing measures. The park will only be open to members, local pass holders and one-off grounds pass holders. People are welcome to visit in groups of no larger than six people and observe social distancing.

Some areas of the park will also be closed in accordance with the government and Public Health England guidelines – this includes the play area, sand pits and bird hide.

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Julie Finch, CEO-director of Compton Verney said: “We are delighted that it is safe to reopen our grounds at Compton Verney as it’s an established fact that spending time outside in green open spaces surrounded by nature has an immensely positive effect on our health. We look forward to welcoming our visitors safely back and to bringing the joy of nature back into people’s lives.”