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Car park charges are to increase to £3 per day at the Forestry Commission’s sites at Top Lodge, Fineshade Woods and Salcey Forest in Northamptonshire.
The rise will help towards improvements at the two sites. The money is also used for essential maintenance on play equipment, to maintain the Salcey Forest Tree Top Way, and other non-charging Forestry Commission car parks. Parking fees also help to fund the various free activities that the Community Rangers run.
Car parking at the two sites is paid by pay-and-display meters or a mobile phone system. Alternatively, regular visitors can buy a 12-month Discovery Pass that costs just £27, which covers parking at both sites and gives a range of additional local and national benefits. It will pay for itself in just 9 visits.
Sarah Walker, Visitor and Community Services Manager, said:
"Top Lodge and Salcey are both very popular sites and in order to keep them and their facilities in tip top condition we have taken the difficult decision to put a small increase on the price of a parking ticket. The good news is that for £3 you can park all day, which compared to most urban car parking fees, is still pretty reasonable."
Parking at the majority of the Forestry Commission’s woodlands, where visitor facilities are not provided, will remain free of charge.
Anyone wanting more information should ring 01780 444920. Full terms and conditions can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/parking
NOTES TO EDITORS
For further information please contact Miss Sarah Walker, Forestry Commission Visitor & Community Services Manager, on 01780 444920.
The Forestry Commission currently has a mixture of paid-for and free parking across England with the scale of charges reflecting the level of visitor facilities and services provided at a site. The money from these sites will go directly to supporting the woodland and the visitor facilities within them. For more details visit www.forestry.gov.uk/parking
Top Lodge, Fineshade Woods – nestled in the heart of Rockingham Forest. This brand new centre incorporates all-ability paths, horse & cycle trail, café, RSPB shop, children’s play area, toilets, picnic areas and more besides for a wider woodland experience. Top Lodge, Fineshade Woods can be found by following the brown tourist signs off the A43 between Stamford and Corby. For more details visit www.forestry.gov.uk/toplodge
Salcey Forest –home of the famous Tree Top Walkway, which allows visitors to climb to 20 metres above the canopy and enjoy fantastic views across the region. Other facilities to make a great day out include the Forest Café, children’s play area, surfaced trails, horse and cycle routes, toilets, picnic areas and orienteering course.
Salcey Forest is on the Quinton to Hanslope road, about 6 miles south west of Northampton, very close to Hartwell village. For more details visit www.forestry.gov.uk/salceyforest
The Forestry Commission is the Government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests, and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive woodlands. Further information about the Commission can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk.