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Parking in the forest

Why do we charge for parking?

Paid for parking applies at a number of our forests. 

At some other locations there is the option to make a donation instead.

We manage landscapes for wildlife to thrive, people to enjoy and as a source of sustainable wood. Money raised from our car parks goes towards maintaining our visitor facilities including visitor centres, play areas, bike trails and other facilities.

We really couldn’t do it without your support.

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 before exit
  • Pay and Display- pay and display ticket on arrival in the car park
  • Pay by Phone- pay via mobile phone on arrival in the car park

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