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BCA Covid-19 Policy Statement

BCA Covid-19 Policy Statement

BCA’s guiding principle is to protect the health and well-being of our members, staff, visitors and the community by following Government Covid-19 advice as a minimum. We will take a considered and conservative approach in the measures we adopt to minimise the risk to others.

We will ensure we have the appropriate risk assessment and procedures in place and that these are clearly communicated. Our risk management procedures will be kept under review and modified where appropriate in relation to any changes to government guidance, lessons learned and developments in best advice and practice.

To reduce the risk of virus transmission we:

• Require social distancing on our properties and during any BCA event,
• Encourage everyone to be considerate around the visitor centre and cave,
• Provide training and information to staff and volunteers,
• Require anyone who is unwell with likely Covid-19 symptoms to stay away from the visitor centre and cave or BCA event.
• Require anyone who has been in contact with someone who has Covid-19 symptoms to stay away from BCA property or events for a minimum of 14 days,
• Require everyone to follow hygiene procedures e.g. washing hands after touching surfaces and coughing sneezing etc.,
• Provide adequate facilities/products for hand washing, sanitising and cleaning and guidance on how to use them,
• Require that if any equipment has been contaminated, it be reported to site management,
• Require anyone entering the visitor centre to wash their hands/use sanitizer on arrival.
• Require the use of appropriate PPE in accordance with Government/PHE requirements
• Ensure that simple instructional guidance on the application of this policy is clearly displayed at every entrance to our buildings and all BCA organised events.

We will develop measures around our visitor centre/cave, including use of equipment and activities, as part of our risk assessment/management procedures, to ensure social distancing and minimise virus transmission. Anyone who displays or develops Covid-19 symptoms while at the visitor centre will be required to go home and follow PHE guidance (e.g. self-isolation).

We look forward to your support on our measures to minimise the risk of transmission and infection.

Peter Phillipson

Chair BCA

23rd June 2020

Our Latest Statement on the Coronavirus lockdown 31st May 2020

Our Latest Statement on Coronavirus

31st May 2020

In view of the rapidly developing coronavirus crisis and its possible implications for our staff, volunteers and visitors, Buxton Civic Association board of trustees have decided that the Cavern, Visitor Centre and Cafe will remain closed to the public until 30th June 2020.

This is a temporary closure. The decision will be reviewed at that time, but will remain under constant review in the meantime.

This is clearly a dynamic rapidly changing emergency situation which we will have to continue to respond rapidly and flexibly to.

The board of trustees continues to meet using video conferencing technology and all groups are being encouraged to do the same.

All our public talks and events for April, May and June are cancelled, but we hope to be able to resume in the autumn. We are looking at running some talks remotely using Zoom and will post details when they are available.

We intend to keep our woods and Buxton Country Park open to the public and we will continue to encourage as many people as possible to use them for exercise and emotional and spiritual refreshment.

We have launched a funding campaign to support the work in the Woods

PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL Woodlands and environmental CHARITY
It has been great to see so many people enjoying our woods, and
we want people to be able to continue to enjoy them but we need to keep them safe by
maintaining the paths
making sure that fallen or falling trees are safely out of the way.

AND Covid - 19 has taken away all our income.

So we are asking you to help us, by texting WOODS to 70450 to donate £3, texts cost £3 plus standard message rate,

Thank you so much for your support. Enjoy the woods and Stay well and safe.

If you have any questions regarding this email please contact Simon Fussell on 07974 138549
or via email to

or Alan Walker on 01298 26978 or via email to

The well being and safety of our staff, members and visitors is of paramount importance.

Events Post

The BCA Annual events listing covers a range of activities including family friendly events, socials, talks, presentations, performances, music and art installations. Join to gain full membership access to all BCA events


We are looking at running some online events and will post details on our website.


Read our summer newsletter online here

This edition focuses on Buxton's Transport with contributions from BCA Member Ian Morris and an interview with Buxton Town Team's Tina Heathcote. We also have some thoughts on getting inspiration from nature during the lockdown from Frances Sussex and the latest on BCA's save our swifts project. Trevor Donald takes a look at excursions from Buxton in 1819. Lyn Noble writes about being inspired by Buxton's woodlands to paint and members can order prints of his woodland paintings.

Always Be Confident

BCA have produced a video explaining how you can always be confident about your safety when visiting Poole's Cavern

With thanks to Charles Huff

BCA at the Fringe

Places and Spaces decided to celebrate the sensory garden with readings of poems on a sunny Sunday afternoon

Waiting for Poetry

Woodland Insights

A series of short videos about BCA's Woods

Bluebells, telling the story of Corbar Woods

Woodland Play, Dens and Lockdown

A Sea of Wild Garlic

Why we leave dead wood in our woods

How our woods heal themselves

Everything in a Woodland is interconnected

Elms - The great survivor and the tiny butterfly

Woodland Paths Making our Woodlands easier to walk in

The Peak District, Buxton's Gateway to the Peak District

Giving Woodpeckers a home

Finding a future for our plantations

The Paxtons and the Duke

BCA Members Event 7 pm Wednesday 27th May 2020 via Zoom

Alyson and Steve Phillips are delighted to present their short audio play

“The Paxtons and The Duke. A ménage a trois?”

Steve Phillips writes “We explore the motivation of these characters in this triangular relationship. We reveal its development, as Paxton's genius grows from gardener to millionaire, supported by the everlasting dedication of Sarah and His Grace.”

A short audio play followed by an interactive discussion about Paxton's contribution to the Buxton we see today.

Anyone can join just email to receive joining instructions.