Walking in trees

Parking in the forest

Your car parking fee supports the forests you love

We manage landscapes for wildlife to thrive, people to enjoy and as a source of sustainable wood. We care for more land and trees than any other organisation in England and most of our income needs to be self-generated. Money raised from our car parks goes towards maintaining our visitor facilities and helping us look after the forests and wildlife.

We really couldn’t do it without your support.

Become a member

Become a national member and enjoy free parking at hundreds of sites. Your membership helps us to continue the vital work we do to care for the forests we all love. 

Sence Valley from the air

How to pay for parking

The method of payment and control are clearly displayed at each forest and explained in detail on the specific forest's webpage.

If you'd like to know more about parking at a specific forest, please find the forest you wish to visit first, and look at the parking information on the forest page.

Parking will operate by one of these methods: 

  • Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) with barriers - pay at pay station before exit.
  • ANPR barrierless - pay at pay station on arrival.
  • Pay and Display - pay at pay station on arrival.
  • Pay by Phone - pay via mobile phone on arrival.

Read our parking code of practice.

Become a member

If you enjoy spending time in your local forest, why not save time and money by becoming a member? This gives you free car parking and many more exclusive benefits!

Forestry England parking fines 

Privacy notice

If you are paying a parking charge, the personal information that you provide when accessing the Parking Charge payments system (which is operated by CP Plus Ltd, trading as GroupNexus) is used to process your payment or contact you about any parking charge appeal. 

Non-payment of a parking charge imposed by us is a breach of Forestry Commission parking terms and conditions, and this is the basis for us and our agents to process your personal information. We may disclose your personal information to the DVLA to obtain vehicle keeper details. We will not disclose your details to additional third parties except to help prevent fraud or if required to do so by law.

The Forestry Commission is registered as a data controller under the Data Protection Act 1998 (Registration No: Z6542658). The information you supply when paying your parking fine will be held securely in the UK or EU for two years after the contravention date.

You have a number of rights in respect to your personal data, including the right to access your personal data by contacting us. These rights can be viewed in our Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions regarding your personal data, please can contact our Data Protection Officer. You may also lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority - the Information Commissioner’s Office:

Contact us

For all other parking enquiries, please email