Coronavirus: Parks and open spaces
Community Greenspace manage the Council's parks and play areas, countryside sites, promoted path networks and other green spaces.
Stay safe and show respect
During the continuing coronavirus pandemic measures to help safeguard everyone using our parks and open spaces are in place. These measures follow Scottish Government guidance and aim to reduce social contact as much as possible.
The Rights of Responsible Access still applies during the COVID-19 pandemic when it is particularly important that people follow current national guidance.
The Council has a statutory duty to uphold access rights and, if public access is unreasonably restricted on privately owned land, will endeavour to work constructively to encourage good relations with landowners/managers and their wider communities, particularly at this difficult time. Please read our policy statement on upholding access rights during COVID-19 [77Kb]. Farmers and other land managers may ask you to avoid particular working areas, such as farmyards or fields with pregnant or young livestock, please follow signage and any temporary diversions.
Grounds Maintenance Operations
Our grounds maintenance staff are currently supporting essential council services and are likely to be doing so for the foreseeable future. Our staff have continued to be present throughout the pandemic, keeping our cemeteries and parks litter free while also ensuring that cemeteries, parks and open spaces remain open.
Moving into the winter period, our staff will increasingly be called upon to support essential services. It is expected that this will result in many of our teams being unable to adhere to the work schedules or high standards of previous years, and that some tasks will have to take priority over others. Because of this, the presence of weeds will become more visible and shrub beds will need to be pruned using mechanical equipment more often. We will endeavour where possible to lift fallen leaves, however there may be occasions when we will shred and leave the debris, reducing the visual effect of our parks and open spaces while minimising the occurrence of large areas of dead turf. We will continue to ensure that burial grounds receive particular attention.
Unfortunately, there will be instances where some areas will not come up to the standards previously achieved and this may continue for many months.
Perth & Kinross Council grass pitches are now available for use by clubs or teams and can now be booked subject to any further covid-19 restrictions put in place Scottish Government and further guidance issued by the Scottish Football Association and Scottish Rugby.
Pitches at schools and community campuses may not be available to book at this time.
Play areas are now open and available for use in line with Scottish Government guidance. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, please respect physical distancing and remember to clean hands after use of the play equipment.
The Council is cutting grass in as many parks and open spaces as possible, using single operator tractor and ride on mower machinery. This is to help people to exercise locally while maintaining social distancing.
We are currently carrying out hand and pedestrian mowing activities with prioritisation being taken in our cemeteries and amenity areas where members of the public can take their exercise. Other areas which require hand/pedestrian mowing maintenance will be cut as resources allow. We are monitoring these guidelines closely and will continue to implement maintenance activities when it is advised by the Scottish Government, that it is safe to do so. We appreciate your continued patience during these unprecedented and unforeseeable circumstances
The OAP garden maintenance scheme is underway to ensure that those self-isolating can get out into their gardens and benefit from fresh air. We would ask that householders follow the social distancing guidance and stay inside while our crews are undertaking work in their gardens.
Grass cutting within cemeteries is being carried out using single operator tractor and ride on mower machinery. This means that there will be some areas left uncut and the cemetery may look untidy.
North Inch Golf Course
The North Inch Golf Course is open. A number of rules and regulations have been introduced to ensure a safe environment for golfers and our staff.
To access the golf course a player MUST:
- Not be displaying any Covid19 symptoms
- Not be in self isolation
- Not have been out of the country in the last 14 days
- Have a pre-reserved tee time booking on our online system or telephone. No play can be allowed unless pre-booked.
For full guidance please visit www.northinchgolf.co.uk/covid-19.
The golf course is part of the park so golfers and public please respect each other - Golfers please be aware that the public have a right to cross the golf course and be mindful of that before playing your shots. Public please remember that the golf course will be busy so there are hazards which were not there when the course was closed.
Public access rights allow for crossing golf courses responsibly so please respect the golfers and in particular:
- allow players to play their shot before crossing the fairway.
- be still when close to a player about to play.
- follow paths where they exist.
- keep your dog on a short lead.
Please see the Scottish Outdoor Access Code for further information about access rights on golf courses.
Events in parks and open spaces
We have been pleased to welcome events back to our parks and open spaces during the latter part of the summer. Event organisers should continue to monitor and follow Government advice in order to take the action appropriate to their event and the ongoing situation in relation to the COVID-19 virus.
Additional control measures may be required for larger events.
If you have an event planned in one of our parks or greenspaces and want to discuss how this will affect you, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
As COVID-19 restrictions continue please plan ahead and continue to avoid busy places as social distancing remains vital. In many places, facilities including toilets, some car parks and food outlets, may remain closed so ensure you take all you need for any trips out and make sure you leave the area as you found it.
Allotments and food growing spaces
If using an allotment or food growing space, please follow the national social distancing rules and read the latest government guidelines [403Kb]. Further guidelines pertaining to allotments can be found on the ScotGov website.