Notice relating to COVID-19

Issued: 16:00 Friday 21st 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 17th May 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

Gatherings of up to 30 people are now permitted and 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.

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 by continuing to stay socially distanced from other visitors you are not meeting with in line with official Government advice.

You may wish to bring with you hand sanitiser or gloves on your visit and please wash your hands after your visit and before eating.  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

In the course of its lifting lockdown restrictions, the Government has not renewed the legislation permitting meetings to be held online.  Whilst some of the rules and advice on indoor meetings, track and trace and social distancing remain in place it will be difficult in practice for the Trust to hold face to face meetings.

The Trust proposes to suspend meetings until after 21 June when it is anticipated that a number of the restrictions will be lifted but will keep the matter under review and further information will be provided in due course

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).  

No further meetings of the Contingency Committee are currently planned.

Board member profiles

Archived minutes

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Updated: 16:00 Friday 21st May 2021