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NEWS RELEASE No: 1560715 AUGUST 2012

Visitors to Haughmond Hill asked to give their views

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Haughmond Hill Car park

The Forestry Commission is asking visitors to Haughmond Hill about how they use the woodland.  Questionnaires will be handed out to people over the next six weeks which can be posted back free of charge or handed in to Pine Tops Cafe. 

The Commission last carried out a survey four years ago before Pine Tops Café was built and the Geo trail was completed and want to find out from visitors how these facilities have improved the visitor experience.  

People will also have the chance to air their views on new parking charges that will come in to force at Haughmond in April 2013.  

Georgina Sharp, Forestry Commission Recreation Ranger, says:

“We want to provide our visitors with the best possible facilities.  However, maintaining our sites to a good standard, which includes grass cutting, litter picking, trail and car park maintenance, signage and information, need to be paid for.  All revenue raised from the new parking charges will go directly in to the ongoing maintenance and improvements at Haughmond Hill.  We value the thoughts of our visitors and want to invite people to give us their views on the level of charging.”

“Whilst this might not initially be a popular move, we hope visitors understand why we need to start charging for parking.  And remember that we have a season ticket, the Discovery Pass, on offer which offers a good deal for regular visitors.”

For more information on Haughmond Hill visit and follow the link to Haughmond Hill.

Notes to editors

  1. The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain with responsibility for over one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside. To find out more about Forestry Commission England visit
  2. Haughmond Hill is 158ha of mixed woodland  four miles from Shrewsbury town centre. The Hill offers four walking trails, two of which are surfaced and suitable for pushchairs and most wheelchair users. Pine Tops Café is independently run and open Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 2pm and until 4pm at weekends.

Media contact: Georgina Sharp (Recreation Ranger) at the Forestry Commission’s Mortimer Forest Office on 01584 813826 or 07826 875751 or email