Car parking charges to be introduced at popular woodlands
PUBLISHED: 08:24 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 15:56 15 May 2019
A popular woodland area will introduce car parking charges for the first time.
Forestry England, which splits the management of Leigh Woods with the National Trust, had made changes to encourage sensible parking and to protect the avenue, but despite its efforts it now feel it is necessary to enforce parking charges.
Cash-free machines which only accept card payments will be installed this summer.
Money generated from these charges will go back into the cost of managing the woodland and ensure it can be maintained for generations to come.
Leigh Woods is half managed by the trust and Forestry England, and the car park falls on Forestry England's side.
Its spokesman said: "Leigh Woods has increased in popularity over the years and visitors will have noticed at peak times the car park is full and there is often inconsiderate parking along the avenue.
"Regular visitors could benefit from a membership pass, not only will you be supporting your local forest, but you will receive free parking for a year plus a range of benefits and discounts."