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Current vehicle admission fees from April 2017

Bedgebury pay stationWe've made some changes to our vehicle admission fees. See planning your visit for new vehicle admission fees that came into place from 1st April 2017


Busy days at Bedgebury

Bedgebury is increasingly popular and therefore busy at weekends and in the holidays. For safety reasons due to limited capacity, we occasionally have to close the car park for short spells at peak times until we have sufficient space for more visitors. This is regrettable, and only implemented as a last resort.

Whilst membership provides unlimited admission to this wonderful site for a year, we are unable to guarantee admission. We work very hard to ensure this happens as infrequently as possible.

We provide staff to manage this sometimes difficult and frustrating situation, and put up signs if the car park is full. Please follow us on social media Facebook and Twitter, where we also post news and updates.

If you are in any doubt, please call us before setting off. The Visitor Centre Information Office can be reached from 9.30am on 01580 879820. We will be able to tell you whether our overflow car park is in operation, though sometimes due to wet weather, we are unable to use this. We'll also be able to advise of any other activities taking place on site that might restrict admission.

You’ll find that the Pinetum and forest are equally as charming at quieter times, with all the space and freedom to enjoy Bedgebury. So try visiting earlier in the day (we offer a £3 vehicle admission between 9am and 11am), or on a quieter day of the week to avoid our really busy times.

Please send any questions to  or stop by the visitor information office when you visit.

Play Trail

Occasionally we have to close off some sections of the play trail for a short time while we carry out inspections and maintenance. If you notice any safety and diversion signs please follow them so that we can carry out this essential work in order to provide improvements.


Removal of fungi from the Pinetum and forest is strictly forbidden.

At Bedgebury, our tree team uses the presence of fungi as an indicator that a tree is under stress and may need extra attention.

Fly agaric (amanita muscaria).Also as some fungi are poisonous you should never eat them unless you are absolutely sure they are safe. In addition, others should not be picked due to their rare status in the UK.

We therefore request that you respect this by not picking fungi from the Pinetum and Forest. Thank you.

Bedgebury coppicing work

As part of our ongoing forest maintenance plan we undertake coppicing work at Bedgebury at various times throughout the year.

Some of the work takes place around the cycle routes or play areas, but where possible, we will avoid working in these areas at weekends or during school holidays. However closures can be expected on a mobile basis across the site.

All work follows the Forest Design Plan in that they will allow for coppice to be brought back into rotation and will provide ecological benefits, including ride side management for habitat improvement.

So that you can continue to enjoy your visit, plese ensure that you follow all safety warning signs and diversions, and take care around operations.

Last updated: 10th July 2018

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.