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Car parking charges at Wakehurst Place

Later this spring we will be introducing charges for car parking at Wakehurst. The charges are likely to commence from mid to late April, but the exact timing will depend on the completion of the installation works.

Photo of the Mansion House at Wakehurst Place
The Mansion at Wakehurst

Joint statement between National Trust and Kew

In a joint statement Sir Simon Jenkins, Chairman, National Trust, and Marcus Agius, Chairman, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, said:

'The National Trust and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have been working together to find a sustainable future for Kew at Wakehurst Place.

'The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew currently maintains the gardens, woodlands and the Mansion at Wakehurst Place, in accordance with a lease from the National Trust. Despite being run efficiently and effectively, the net cost to Kew of running Wakehurst Place is such that we have reached a point where greater income is needed if we are to continue our outstanding horticultural standards and the wonderful visitor experience that have made Wakehurst one of the Trust’s most popular properties.

'We have agreed that the best way to raise this much needed income is through the introduction of car parking charges in April 2014.'

Additional parking fee

Wakehurst Place Season Ticket holders, Friends of Kew and those who purchase a day ticket to enter Wakehurst will not need to pay the additional fee for car parking.

National Trust members will retain their free entry to Wakehurst Place, but will pay to park. Cars will cost annually from £25, £2 for the first hour, £5 for two hours and £10 per day

Group visits in minibuses and coaches will either pay the current discounted group entry rate for each passenger, or an agreed fee based on the number of paying visitors in the coach.

As well as allowing Kew to maintain the current high standards at Wakehurst Place, the charging model allows Kew to link directly its income to the number of visitors. This, in turn, opens the door to investing in the landscape and visitor offer.

Find out more in our Visit Information section.

Why we are doing this

Kew absorbs the majority of the costs of running Wakehurst Place and, despite doing so efficiently and effectively, we have a net deficit of £1.4m.

80% of visitors to Wakehurst Place are National Trust members, who access the gardens without payment to Kew. An endowment provided to the National Trust by Wakehurst’s last private owner, Sir Henry Price, contributes approximately £80,000 a year to the management of the house and gardens. Consequently, Kew needs to find opportunities to raise the required income to support the gardens at Wakehurst.

For the past five years we have been working together with the National Trust to identify and evaluate different options to ensure a sustainable future for Wakehurst Place. We want to invest in Wakehurst and continue to offer a world class garden and nature reserve, and programme of events for our visitors. The introduction of car parking charges will help us to do this.

You can download the full business plan which sets out the reasons for the introduction of parking charges - Business plan for car parking charges.

  • free entry to the gardens and Millennium Seed Bank all year round
  • free car parking
  • one free ticket to Kew Gardens (worth £14.50)
  • two free exclusive open evenings, 10% off purchases in the Visitor Centre Shop and Plant Centre (some exclusions apply)

Your chance to ask questions

The support of our visitors is vital to our long term future and we are grateful to the huge number of people who visit the Gardens every year. That’s why we want to explain the reasons for our decision and give you a chance to have your say on the change.

Richard Deverell, Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Andy Jackson, Director, Wakehurst Place, and Andy Semple, National Trust Director for London and South East, will be hosting public consultation meetings for any visitors to Wakehurst who would like to ask questions or find out any further information.

They will be taking place on the following dates and times:

Monday 17 March
Morning session: 10.30–11.30am
Afternoon session: 1–2pm

Monday 24 March
Morning session: 10.30am - fully booked
Afternoon session: 1pm - fully booked
Evening session: 7pm - very few spaces remaining

Please contact wakehurst@kew.org or telephone 01444 894067 to register your interest, stating clearly which session you wish to attend.

All sessions will take place in the Dining Room in the Mansion.

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Comments

22 February 2014
I have spent many happy days visiting Wakehurst over the years but refuse to pay such exorbitant car park fees. I have paid my NT membership and dont feel its fair to have to pay another charge. I cant now afford to go to Wakehurst so will go elsewhere. Managers at Wakehurst “ you clearly have no respect for your customers.
22 February 2014
We have visited Wakehurst as a family for many years and now regularly take our grandson. Each time we probably spend over two hours incorporating a walk with a visit to the cafe. Frankly I am shocked at this decision. At a time when many Trust members and non members are finding life tough financially Kew and the NT could have given more thought to their loyal members and visitors. My husband is now retired and I work part time and there is no way we will able to afford to pay £10 for a visit of over 3 hours. Think again Kew and the NT, you will ultimately be losing visitors and we will certainly be one off them and you will be pushing regular visitors in the direction of Nymans which can get very overcrowded at times. Such a shame that a beautiful place very much on our doorstep is now lost to us
22 February 2014
I can understand some of the reasons for this decision, but would the loss of NT members not lose significatly more money than the amount earned from charging people to park.It is such a large charge too, not even a nominal donation! I for one joined the national trust to support such beatiful properties, and help secure their future. It would certainly stop me and my family visiting this site, as well as question my membership with the NT, and if visitors do not go to such properties, what is the point? I love visiting this property with my family, when we visit friends in the area, and I am aware of the local feeling towards this decision. I believe the NT will lose a lot of support if this decision is allow to go through. I think this decision is short-sighted and should be reconsidered before it is too late. Also, if the NT is allowed to charge for parking at this site, who will stop this happening at other sites too?. One of the benefits of the membership is free parking at the vast majority of sites. I am quite disappointed that this issue has even occurred, and it will make me consider continuing my support of the National Trust.
22 February 2014
Disgraceful, if 80% of the 400,000 visitors each year are NT and you are now imposing car parking charges in addition to our membership, it does not take a genius to do the maths or work out who will be the loser. Living locally, we, friends and neighbours will either not use this wonderful facility or will ration our visits. In addition surely one of your meetings should have been arranged to accommodate working people.
22 February 2014
Sack the NT executive who agreed to this exorbitant car park charge. This is the thin edge of the wedge. If the NT gets away with such a high charge at this property they will then start trying it on at other NT properties. The NT had an excellent reputation for democracy in the past. Sadly this action is the beginning of the end, there has not been enough publicity over this proposal_ I only became aware of this through a friend. Shame on you National Trust.
22 February 2014
I was shocked to read in the press about the soon to be introduced car parking charges at Wakehurst Place. I can understand that they need to generate revenue to plug a hole in their finances and generate income. No one I am sure would mind a reasonable parking fee but £5 for 2 hours? What can you see in 2 hours? My wife and I regularly visit Wakehurst (living only 6 miles away) and have done for the past 15 years but the only realistic way to get there is by car. We nearly always visit the café for at least a cup of tea and a piece of cake, spending up to £10 per visit. We have also purchased items in the shop and/or plant centre. The proposed cost of parking far exceeds that charged at other similar venues and town centres nearby. You can park in the centre of Brighton for this amount of money and park all day at Three Bridges station for £4.80. I have long held the view that National Trust members are not welcome at Wakehurst Place and this seems to confirm it. I believe this is a cynical and underhanded attempt to get people to join as friends of Wakehurst in order to avoid the car parking. We would not object to a fee of, say, £2 for a couple of hours rising to £5 all day which seems reasonable. Regrettably we shall NOT be visiting Wakehurst Place after the charges are in place. I suspect the fall in numbers will not be 40% as suggested but nearer to 60 or 70% thus depriving Wakehurst of money from the cafes and the shop. A very ill-thought out decision.
22 February 2014
Kew I understand you need to boost revenue but bringing in extortionate parking charges and just for NT members is unfair. I am not a free-loader or cheapskate and have paid a lot of money for our life membership. Parking is supposed to be included in this and I won't be paying an extra £10 a visit just to park my car. I wouldn't mind making an one off payment of £10 for an annual parking permit but what would be more fair would be to introduce a minimal parking charge per car regardless of whether you are a NT member, Wakehurst season ticket holder or day visitor.
22 February 2014
Of course, perhaps the biggest villain in this saga is the National Trust as they don't give any money to Kew who lease the estate from them... Normally NT properties get c. £3 a head per member entry I think from the central coffers - even if it was half that amount given to Wakehurst, this ridiculous car parking tax wouldn't have to be used...
22 February 2014
Nicholas Culpeper would turn over in his grave! This is fine for people who can afford it, not fine for those who can't. It would be a shame for the latter to have to "save up" in order to visit this extraordinary garden.
22 February 2014
Living locally I mainly visit Wakehurst. It looks as though I shall not renew my NT membership again after at least 10 years membership.
22 February 2014
My wife and I visit Wakehurst 20-25 times per year for a stroll after which we always spend £6-£8 in the Stable cafe. This takes over 2 hours and paying the parking charge would double the cost of our visit. We shall, therefore, be giving Wakehurst a miss for the foreseeable future and will go to Sheffield Park, Nymans etc. This seems like a very short sighted and greedy plan. We will miss Wakehurst.
21 February 2014
I feel strongly that a £10.00 car parking charge is far too high, and that a nominal charge of £2.00 will attract visitors and therefore increase revenue and not be too discouraging “ I regularly meet with friends for lunch, but we will look around for an alternative venue if a £10 charge for parking is implemented
21 February 2014
We are life members of the National Trust and have thoroughly enjoyed visiting Wakehurst Place regularly, walking round the grounds and enjoying a coffee or lunch. We are sad that we have made our last visit today as there are plenty of other National Trust places in the area.
21 February 2014
What a ridiculous decision. Surely the NT has enough money to fund Wakehurst. Visitor numbers will decrease rapidly but it will be good for Sheffield Park and Nymans. You need to seriously reconside
21 February 2014
I have a family membership and Wakehurst is near to where I live so am a frequent visitor - usually once a week. I have 3 children under 4 so we are always more than 2 hours as it takes so long to get anywhere. We regrettably will have to stop coming once parking charges start as it just wont be affordable for us. Perhaps an alternative would be to introduce a more affordable catering line for families to boost revenue in cafes. Many of my friends have said we would love to regularly have coffee/cake etc but it's overpriced, however if prices were better we would absolutely indulge ourselves plus children - lots more money in your pocket then NT! Please, please, please seriously rethink what you are doing as we love visiting you as a family but sadly we just wont be able to for much longer :( I have a family membership and Wakehurst is near to where I live so am a frequent visitor - usually once a week. I have 3 children under 4 so we are always more than 2 hours as it takes so long to get anywhere. We regrettably will have to stop coming once parking charges start as it just wont be affordable for us. Perhaps an alternative would be to introduce a more affordable catering line for families to boost revenue in cafes. Many of my friends have said we would love to regularly have coffee/cake etc but it's overpriced, however if prices were better we would absolutely indulge ourselves plus children - lots more money in your pocket then NT! Please, please, please seriously rethink what you are doing as we love visiting you as a family but sadly we just wont be able to for much longer :( I have a family membership and Wakehurst is near to where I live so am a frequent visitor - usually once a week. I have 3 children under 4 so we are always more than 2 hours as it takes so long to get anywhere. We regrettably will have to stop coming once parking charges start as it just wont be affordable for us. Perhaps an alternative would be to introduce a more affordable catering line for families to boost revenue in cafes. Many of my friends have said we would love to regularly have coffee/cake etc but it's overpriced, however if prices were better we would absolutely indulge ourselves plus children - lots more money in your pocket then NT! Please, please, please seriously rethink what you are doing as we love visiting you as a family but sadly we just wont be able to for much longer :( I have a family membership and Wakehurst is near to where I live so am a frequent visitor - usually once a week. I have 3 children under 4 so we are always more than 2 hours as it takes so long to get anywhere. We regrettably will have to stop coming once parking charges start as it just wont be affordable for us. Perhaps an alternative would be to introduce a more affordable catering line for families to boost revenue in cafes. Many of my friends have said we would love to regularly have coffee/cake etc but it's overpriced, however if prices were better we would absolutely indulge ourselves plus children - lots more money in your pocket then NT! Please, please, please seriously rethink what you are doing as we love visiting you as a family but sadly we just wont be able to for much longer :( I have a family membership and Wakehurst is near to where I live so am a frequent visitor - usually once a week. I have 3 children under 4 so we are always more than 2 hours as it takes so long to get anywhere. We regrettably will have to stop coming once parking charges start as it just wont be affordable for us. Perhaps an alternative would be to introduce a more affordable catering line for families to boost revenue in cafes. Many of my friends have said we would love to regularly have coffee/cake etc but it's overpriced, however if prices were better we would absolutely indulge ourselves plus children - lots more money in your pocket then NT! Please, please, please seriously rethink what you are doing as we love visiting you as a family but sadly we just wont be able to for much longer :( I have a family membership and Wakehurst is near to where I live so am a frequent visitor - usually once a week. I have 3 children under 4 so we are always more than 2 hours as it takes so long to get anywhere. We regrettably will have to stop coming once parking charges start as it just wont be affordable for us. Perhaps an alternative would be to introduce a more affordable catering line for families to boost revenue in cafes. Many of my friends have said we would love to regularly have coffee/cake etc but it's overpriced, however if prices were better we would absolutely indulge ourselves plus children - lots more money in your pocket then NT! Please, please, please seriously rethink what you are doing as we love visiting you as a family but sadly we just wont be able to for much longer :( I have a family membership and Wakehurst is near to where I live so am a frequent visitor - usually once a week. I have 3 children under 4 so we are always more than 2 hours as it takes so long to get anywhere. We regrettably will have to stop coming once parking charges start as it just wont be affordable for us. Perhaps an alternative would be to introduce a more affordable catering line for families to boost revenue in cafes. Many of my friends have said we would love to regularly have coffee/cake etc but it's overpriced, however if prices were better we would absolutely indulge ourselves plus children - lots more money in your pocket then NT! Please, please, please seriously rethink what you are doing as we love visiting you as a family but sadly we just wont be able to for much longer :( I have a family membership and Wakehurst is near to where I live so am a frequent visitor - usually once a week. I have 3 children under 4 so we are always more than 2 hours as it takes so long to get anywhere. We regrettably will have to stop coming once parking charges start as it just wont be affordable for us. Perhaps an alternative would be to introduce a more affordable catering line for families to boost revenue in cafes. Many of my friends have said we would love to regularly have coffee/cake etc but it's overpriced, however if prices were better we would absolutely indulge ourselves plus children - lots more money in your pocket then NT! Please, please, please seriously rethink what you are doing as we love visiting you as a family but sadly we just wont be able to for much longer :(
21 February 2014
NT tell Kew to relocate their seed bank elsewhere if it is causing you Financial Problems. Each time I have visited the odd large seed that I have seen, in a cursory look around the seed bank, was dormant anyway. I suspect your car parking charges will spread this dormancy throughout the whole of Wakehurst Place and in all the seasons. Perhaps when people and their laughter and also their £s disappear, to be replaced with only the sound of tumbleweed blowing across the lawns, someone may smell the coffee and say "do you think we made a mistake ?" (or not). An appalling and disastrous decision and one that you will live to regret.
21 February 2014
Threats from NT members to avoid Wakehurst don't actually make much sense in the circumstances. Kew don't get any money from your memberships - all they get from you is anything you spend on site. If NT members want to get this decision reversed the only realistic option would be to put pressure on the National Trust to pay to Kew a fair proportion of its membership income. The £80,000 a year provided by the NT to Kew (originating from the previous owner, and not from any NT membership income) is not going to go very far, and is in no means proportional to the number of visits that NT members make every year.
21 February 2014
This has stopped me renewing my trust member ship which expires at the end of the month. I visit Wakehurst most days to walk and chill out. I have never had any interest in Kew and now they will be asking for me to pay car parking, there is no way I'll be coming back. If you (Kew) had half a brain you would realise there are many other ways in which to approach this. By taking away choice you are taking away so much more!
21 February 2014
I feel very sorry for visitors from overseas. It will now cost a couple £35.00 to walk round a garden. In the US I can buy an annual pass for $80 which gives free access and parking to all National Parks and National Monuments, plus all sites managed by The US Forest Service, The Fish and Wildlife Service, The Bureau of Land Management, and The Bureau of Reclamation. I accept that Kew has a funding shortage at Wakehurst, but was this not taken into consideration when the lease was signed with the National Trust? If not, why not? Can the lease not be re-negotiated? It would surely be in the interests of the NT, as otherwise the NT will lose all the casual drop-in customers. I can see the NT restaurant, coffee shop and gift shop closing within a year.
21 February 2014
I feel this is just a cynical way of forcing National Trust members to also purchase a Wakehurst Place season ticket (£25) in addition to their trust membership in order to avoid the car park charges. For our family of 4 we already pay £123. (£97 family membership plus £26 young persons membership for our 20 year old daughter who is a student and not working). If we take out a Wakehurst season ticket our annual outlay will be £148! I think the Trust and Kew will find the revenues from the shop and cafés will fall as a result of this decision. Incidentally, I note you say Wakehurst is efficiently run yet I know the cafe and restaurant is run by an outside contractor - is this 'efficient'? The cafés are always busy so I presume the contractor is making more money from this than the Trust and Kew?
21 February 2014
I am very sorry but somebody at Kew and Wakehurst has this very wrong. As Art says in his email visitor numbers are already down over the last 2 years, and you want to put in place a £10 charge for over 2 hours parking. I visit with a group of unpaid carers on a reqular basis to wakehurst, but if this charge does go ahead we will not visit Wakehurst anymore because in this state of austerity people are not going to be able to afford it. I agree with Kes a £2 a day charge is much fairer and I think everyone would pay this for a visit. Please think again.I am very sorry but somebody at Kew and Wakehurst has this very wrong. As Art says in his email visitor numbers are already down over the last 2 years, and you want to put in place a £10 charge for over 2 hours parking. I visit with a group of unpaid carers on a reqular basis to wakehurst, but if this charge does go ahead we will not visit Wakehurst anymore because in this state of austerity people are not going to be able to afford it. I agree with Kes a £2 a day charge is much fairer and I think everyone would pay this for a visit. Please think again.I am very sorry but somebody at Kew and Wakehurst has this very wrong. As Art says in his email visitor numbers are already down over the last 2 years, and you want to put in place a £10 charge for over 2 hours parking. I visit with a group of unpaid carers on a reqular basis to wakehurst, but if this charge does go ahead we will not visit Wakehurst anymore because in this state of austerity people are not going to be able to afford it. I agree with Kes a £2 a day charge is much fairer and I think everyone would pay this for a visit. Please think again.I am very sorry but somebody at Kew and Wakehurst has this very wrong. As Art says in his email visitor numbers are already down over the last 2 years, and you want to put in place a £10 charge for over 2 hours parking. I visit with a group of unpaid carers on a reqular basis to wakehurst, but if this charge does go ahead we will not visit Wakehurst anymore because in this state of austerity people are not going to be able to afford it. I agree with Kes a £2 a day charge is much fairer and I think everyone would pay this for a visit. Please think again.I am very sorry but somebody at Kew and Wakehurst has this very wrong. As Art says in his email visitor numbers are already down over the last 2 years, and you want to put in place a £10 charge for over 2 hours parking. I visit with a group of unpaid carers on a reqular basis to wakehurst, but if this charge does go ahead we will not visit Wakehurst anymore because in this state of austerity people are not going to be able to afford it. I agree with Kes a £2 a day charge is much fairer and I think everyone would pay this for a visit. Please think again.I am very sorry but somebody at Kew and Wakehurst has this very wrong. As Art says in his email visitor numbers are already down over the last 2 years, and you want to put in place a £10 charge for over 2 hours parking. I visit with a group of unpaid carers on a reqular basis to wakehurst, but if this charge does go ahead we will not visit Wakehurst anymore because in this state of austerity people are not going to be able to afford it. I agree with Kes a £2 a day charge is much fairer and I think everyone would pay this for a visit. Please think again.I am very sorry but somebody at Kew and Wakehurst has this very wrong. As Art says in his email visitor numbers are already down over the last 2 years, and you want to put in place a £10 charge for over 2 hours parking. I visit with a group of unpaid carers on a reqular basis to wakehurst, but if this charge does go ahead we will not visit Wakehurst anymore because in this state of austerity people are not going to be able to afford it. I agree with Kes a £2 a day charge is much fairer and I think everyone would pay this for a visit. Please think again.I am very sorry but somebody at Kew and Wakehurst has this very wrong. As Art says in his email visitor numbers are already down over the last 2 years, and you want to put in place a £10 charge for over 2 hours parking. I visit with a group of unpaid carers on a reqular basis to wakehurst, but if this charge does go ahead we will not visit Wakehurst anymore because in this state of austerity people are not going to be able to afford it. I agree with Kes a £2 a day charge is much fairer and I think everyone would pay this for a visit. Please think again.I am very sorry but somebody at Kew and Wakehurst has this very wrong. As Art says in his email visitor numbers are already down over the last 2 years, and you want to put in place a £10 charge for over 2 hours parking. I visit with a group of unpaid carers on a reqular basis to wakehurst, but if this charge does go ahead we will not visit Wakehurst anymore because in this state of austerity people are not going to be able to afford it. I agree with Kes a £2 a day charge is much fairer and I think everyone would pay this for a visit. Please think again.
21 February 2014
RESPONSE FROM ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW: Thank you for these additional comments. As we said below, we do take these seriously, and comments have been forwarded to the Wakehurst team for consideration. Please see above additional information regarding the rationale behind this change.
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21 February 2014
I get the feeling that this is not a popular decision. Anybody at Kew or the NT get that feeling too? Anybody's job on the line when this goes wrong? I would be very worried. Big shame.😢
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21 February 2014
I have always written in my diary "Wakehurst is my favourite NT property to visit". Unfortunately I don't think I will be visiting very often now with car parking charges of £10 over 2 hours. I normally spend 4 hrs on my visit. What can you do in an hour? Enter the shop and have a cup of coffee [if there are no queues]. No time to walk around the lovely grounds of visit the Seed Bank or have a leisurely lunch and make purchases in the shop. I feel car parking charges would be counter-productive as the restaurants and shops will lose revenue. As other members have suggested I think a nominal charge of £2 would be acceptable.
21 February 2014
Excellent idea! This well keep all the free-loaders out and reduce the crowds. My wife and I can then enjoy a pleasant walk, tea and a cake without hoards of cheapskates filling the place. Splendid, and well worth a fiver. Excellent idea! This well keep all the free-loaders out and reduce the crowds. My wife and I can then enjoy a pleasant walk, tea and a cake without hoards of cheapskates filling the place. Splendid, and well worth a fiver. Excellent idea! This well keep all the free-loaders out and reduce the crowds. My wife and I can then enjoy a pleasant walk, tea and a cake without hoards of cheapskates filling the place. Splendid, and well worth a fiver. Excellent idea! This well keep all the free-loaders out and reduce the crowds. My wife and I can then enjoy a pleasant walk, tea and a cake without hoards of cheapskates filling the place. Splendid, and well worth a fiver. Excellent idea! This well keep all the free-loaders out and reduce the crowds. My wife and I can then enjoy a pleasant walk, tea and a cake without hoards of cheapskates filling the place. Splendid, and well worth a fiver. Excellent idea! This well keep all the free-loaders out and reduce the crowds. My wife and I can then enjoy a pleasant walk, tea and a cake without hoards of cheapskates filling the place. Splendid, and well worth a fiver. Excellent idea! This well keep all the free-loaders out and reduce the crowds. My wife and I can then enjoy a pleasant walk, tea and a cake without hoards of cheapskates filling the place. Splendid, and well worth a fiver. Excellent idea! This well keep all the free-loaders out and reduce the crowds. My wife and I can then enjoy a pleasant walk, tea and a cake without hoards of cheapskates filling the place. Splendid, and well worth a fiver. Excellent idea! This well keep all the free-loaders out and reduce the crowds. My wife and I can then enjoy a pleasant walk, tea and a cake without hoards of cheapskates filling the place. Splendid, and well worth a fiver.
21 February 2014
Anyone reading this can also send their comments directly to the Main Head Office of the National Trust as well of course. Their general web published email address, including the NT Marketing is.... enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk Incensed of West Sussex.Anyone reading this can also send their comments directly to the Main Head Office of the National Trust as well of course. Their general web published email address, including the NT Marketing is.... enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk Incensed of West Sussex.Anyone reading this can also send their comments directly to the Main Head Office of the National Trust as well of course. Their general web published email address, including the NT Marketing is.... enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk Incensed of West Sussex.Anyone reading this can also send their comments directly to the Main Head Office of the National Trust as well of course. Their general web published email address, including the NT Marketing is.... enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk Incensed of West Sussex.Anyone reading this can also send their comments directly to the Main Head Office of the National Trust as well of course. Their general web published email address, including the NT Marketing is.... enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk Incensed of West Sussex.Anyone reading this can also send their comments directly to the Main Head Office of the National Trust as well of course. Their general web published email address, including the NT Marketing is.... enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk Incensed of West Sussex.Anyone reading this can also send their comments directly to the Main Head Office of the National Trust as well of course. Their general web published email address, including the NT Marketing is.... enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk Incensed of West Sussex.Anyone reading this can also send their comments directly to the Main Head Office of the National Trust as well of course. Their general web published email address, including the NT Marketing is.... enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk Incensed of West Sussex.Anyone reading this can also send their comments directly to the Main Head Office of the National Trust as well of course. Their general web published email address, including the NT Marketing is.... enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk Incensed of West Sussex.
21 February 2014
I was quite shocked when I learned about these parking charges. It appears to be a cunning and utterly one-sided attempt at boosting revenue. It will do the opposite, as anyone with half a brain should realise. My husband and I have often visited this site in the past, a 40 min drive, and we spend several hours walking around the gardens (it isn't realistic to have a meaningful visit within an hour or two) and buying the (overpriced) food in the restaurant. I suspect a lot of visitors will boycott Wakehurst as a result of these extortionate parking fees (which are utterly unreasonable by any standards) and those who still visit will likely avoid the restaurant and the gift shop in order to offset the higher cost of their outing. This is an arrogant ploy and I will not be visiting Wakehurst again once this has come into force. Our life membership cost a small fortune and having a £10 parking charge added on top is insulting. I feel that free parking should remain a benefit of membership and if non-members are charged then it should only be a nominal fee. I was quite shocked when I learned about these parking charges. It appears to be a cunning and utterly one-sided attempt at boosting revenue. It will do the opposite, as anyone with half a brain should realise. My husband and I have often visited this site in the past, a 40 min drive, and we spend several hours walking around the gardens (it isn't realistic to have a meaningful visit within an hour or two) and buying the (overpriced) food in the restaurant. I suspect a lot of visitors will boycott Wakehurst as a result of these extortionate parking fees (which are utterly unreasonable by any standards) and those who still visit will likely avoid the restaurant and the gift shop in order to offset the higher cost of their outing. This is an arrogant ploy and I will not be visiting Wakehurst again once this has come into force. Our life membership cost a small fortune and having a £10 parking charge added on top is insulting. I feel that free parking should remain a benefit of membership and if non-members are charged then it should only be a nominal fee. I was quite shocked when I learned about these parking charges. It appears to be a cunning and utterly one-sided attempt at boosting revenue. It will do the opposite, as anyone with half a brain should realise. My husband and I have often visited this site in the past, a 40 min drive, and we spend several hours walking around the gardens (it isn't realistic to have a meaningful visit within an hour or two) and buying the (overpriced) food in the restaurant. I suspect a lot of visitors will boycott Wakehurst as a result of these extortionate parking fees (which are utterly unreasonable by any standards) and those who still visit will likely avoid the restaurant and the gift shop in order to offset the higher cost of their outing. This is an arrogant ploy and I will not be visiting Wakehurst again once this has come into force. Our life membership cost a small fortune and having a £10 parking charge added on top is insulting. I feel that free parking should remain a benefit of membership and if non-members are charged then it should only be a nominal fee. I was quite shocked when I learned about these parking charges. It appears to be a cunning and utterly one-sided attempt at boosting revenue. It will do the opposite, as anyone with half a brain should realise. My husband and I have often visited this site in the past, a 40 min drive, and we spend several hours walking around the gardens (it isn't realistic to have a meaningful visit within an hour or two) and buying the (overpriced) food in the restaurant. I suspect a lot of visitors will boycott Wakehurst as a result of these extortionate parking fees (which are utterly unreasonable by any standards) and those who still visit will likely avoid the restaurant and the gift shop in order to offset the higher cost of their outing. This is an arrogant ploy and I will not be visiting Wakehurst again once this has come into force. Our life membership cost a small fortune and having a £10 parking charge added on top is insulting. I feel that free parking should remain a benefit of membership and if non-members are charged then it should only be a nominal fee. I was quite shocked when I learned about these parking charges. It appears to be a cunning and utterly one-sided attempt at boosting revenue. It will do the opposite, as anyone with half a brain should realise. My husband and I have often visited this site in the past, a 40 min drive, and we spend several hours walking around the gardens (it isn't realistic to have a meaningful visit within an hour or two) and buying the (overpriced) food in the restaurant. I suspect a lot of visitors will boycott Wakehurst as a result of these extortionate parking fees (which are utterly unreasonable by any standards) and those who still visit will likely avoid the restaurant and the gift shop in order to offset the higher cost of their outing. This is an arrogant ploy and I will not be visiting Wakehurst again once this has come into force. Our life membership cost a small fortune and having a £10 parking charge added on top is insulting. I feel that free parking should remain a benefit of membership and if non-members are charged then it should only be a nominal fee. I was quite shocked when I learned about these parking charges. It appears to be a cunning and utterly one-sided attempt at boosting revenue. It will do the opposite, as anyone with half a brain should realise. My husband and I have often visited this site in the past, a 40 min drive, and we spend several hours walking around the gardens (it isn't realistic to have a meaningful visit within an hour or two) and buying the (overpriced) food in the restaurant. I suspect a lot of visitors will boycott Wakehurst as a result of these extortionate parking fees (which are utterly unreasonable by any standards) and those who still visit will likely avoid the restaurant and the gift shop in order to offset the higher cost of their outing. This is an arrogant ploy and I will not be visiting Wakehurst again once this has come into force. Our life membership cost a small fortune and having a £10 parking charge added on top is insulting. I feel that free parking should remain a benefit of membership and if non-members are charged then it should only be a nominal fee. I was quite shocked when I learned about these parking charges. It appears to be a cunning and utterly one-sided attempt at boosting revenue. It will do the opposite, as anyone with half a brain should realise. My husband and I have often visited this site in the past, a 40 min drive, and we spend several hours walking around the gardens (it isn't realistic to have a meaningful visit within an hour or two) and buying the (overpriced) food in the restaurant. I suspect a lot of visitors will boycott Wakehurst as a result of these extortionate parking fees (which are utterly unreasonable by any standards) and those who still visit will likely avoid the restaurant and the gift shop in order to offset the higher cost of their outing. This is an arrogant ploy and I will not be visiting Wakehurst again once this has come into force. Our life membership cost a small fortune and having a £10 parking charge added on top is insulting. I feel that free parking should remain a benefit of membership and if non-members are charged then it should only be a nominal fee. I was quite shocked when I learned about these parking charges. It appears to be a cunning and utterly one-sided attempt at boosting revenue. It will do the opposite, as anyone with half a brain should realise. My husband and I have often visited this site in the past, a 40 min drive, and we spend several hours walking around the gardens (it isn't realistic to have a meaningful visit within an hour or two) and buying the (overpriced) food in the restaurant. I suspect a lot of visitors will boycott Wakehurst as a result of these extortionate parking fees (which are utterly unreasonable by any standards) and those who still visit will likely avoid the restaurant and the gift shop in order to offset the higher cost of their outing. This is an arrogant ploy and I will not be visiting Wakehurst again once this has come into force. Our life membership cost a small fortune and having a £10 parking charge added on top is insulting. I feel that free parking should remain a benefit of membership and if non-members are charged then it should only be a nominal fee. I was quite shocked when I learned about these parking charges. It appears to be a cunning and utterly one-sided attempt at boosting revenue. It will do the opposite, as anyone with half a brain should realise. My husband and I have often visited this site in the past, a 40 min drive, and we spend several hours walking around the gardens (it isn't realistic to have a meaningful visit within an hour or two) and buying the (overpriced) food in the restaurant. I suspect a lot of visitors will boycott Wakehurst as a result of these extortionate parking fees (which are utterly unreasonable by any standards) and those who still visit will likely avoid the restaurant and the gift shop in order to offset the higher cost of their outing. This is an arrogant ploy and I will not be visiting Wakehurst again once this has come into force. Our life membership cost a small fortune and having a £10 parking charge added on top is insulting. I feel that free parking should remain a benefit of membership and if non-members are charged then it should only be a nominal fee.
21 February 2014
RESPONSE FROM ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW: Thank you for your comments, which we do take seriously, these have all been forwarded to the Wakehurst team for consideration. Please see above additional information regarding the rationale behind this change.RESPONSE FROM ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW: Thank you for your comments, which we do take seriously, these have all been forwarded to the Wakehurst team for consideration. Please see above additional information regarding the rationale behind this change.RESPONSE FROM ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW: Thank you for your comments, which we do take seriously, these have all been forwarded to the Wakehurst team for consideration. Please see above additional information regarding the rationale behind this change.RESPONSE FROM ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW: Thank you for your comments, which we do take seriously, these have all been forwarded to the Wakehurst team for consideration. Please see above additional information regarding the rationale behind this change.RESPONSE FROM ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW: Thank you for your comments, which we do take seriously, these have all been forwarded to the Wakehurst team for consideration. Please see above additional information regarding the rationale behind this change.RESPONSE FROM ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW: Thank you for your comments, which we do take seriously, these have all been forwarded to the Wakehurst team for consideration. Please see above additional information regarding the rationale behind this change.RESPONSE FROM ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW: Thank you for your comments, which we do take seriously, these have all been forwarded to the Wakehurst team for consideration. Please see above additional information regarding the rationale behind this change.RESPONSE FROM ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW: Thank you for your comments, which we do take seriously, these have all been forwarded to the Wakehurst team for consideration. Please see above additional information regarding the rationale behind this change.RESPONSE FROM ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW: Thank you for your comments, which we do take seriously, these have all been forwarded to the Wakehurst team for consideration. Please see above additional information regarding the rationale behind this change.
21 February 2014
I'd support a small charge for parking but not £10 for the whole day. I alwas spend more than 2 hours at Wakehurst as it's impossible to walk around the grounds with children in less time than that. Also we always pop in for a quick drink and cake so inevitably it is a 3 hours or more. I'd suggest £2 for the whole day is more appropriate otherwise we'll just go somewhere else that is cheaper to park, cheaper to eat and equally as beautiful for children to enjoy the outdoors.I'd support a small charge for parking but not £10 for the whole day. I alwas spend more than 2 hours at Wakehurst as it's impossible to walk around the grounds with children in less time than that. Also we always pop in for a quick drink and cake so inevitably it is a 3 hours or more. I'd suggest £2 for the whole day is more appropriate otherwise we'll just go somewhere else that is cheaper to park, cheaper to eat and equally as beautiful for children to enjoy the outdoors.I'd support a small charge for parking but not £10 for the whole day. I alwas spend more than 2 hours at Wakehurst as it's impossible to walk around the grounds with children in less time than that. Also we always pop in for a quick drink and cake so inevitably it is a 3 hours or more. I'd suggest £2 for the whole day is more appropriate otherwise we'll just go somewhere else that is cheaper to park, cheaper to eat and equally as beautiful for children to enjoy the outdoors.I'd support a small charge for parking but not £10 for the whole day. I alwas spend more than 2 hours at Wakehurst as it's impossible to walk around the grounds with children in less time than that. Also we always pop in for a quick drink and cake so inevitably it is a 3 hours or more. I'd suggest £2 for the whole day is more appropriate otherwise we'll just go somewhere else that is cheaper to park, cheaper to eat and equally as beautiful for children to enjoy the outdoors.I'd support a small charge for parking but not £10 for the whole day. I alwas spend more than 2 hours at Wakehurst as it's impossible to walk around the grounds with children in less time than that. Also we always pop in for a quick drink and cake so inevitably it is a 3 hours or more. I'd suggest £2 for the whole day is more appropriate otherwise we'll just go somewhere else that is cheaper to park, cheaper to eat and equally as beautiful for children to enjoy the outdoors.I'd support a small charge for parking but not £10 for the whole day. I alwas spend more than 2 hours at Wakehurst as it's impossible to walk around the grounds with children in less time than that. Also we always pop in for a quick drink and cake so inevitably it is a 3 hours or more. I'd suggest £2 for the whole day is more appropriate otherwise we'll just go somewhere else that is cheaper to park, cheaper to eat and equally as beautiful for children to enjoy the outdoors.I'd support a small charge for parking but not £10 for the whole day. I alwas spend more than 2 hours at Wakehurst as it's impossible to walk around the grounds with children in less time than that. Also we always pop in for a quick drink and cake so inevitably it is a 3 hours or more. I'd suggest £2 for the whole day is more appropriate otherwise we'll just go somewhere else that is cheaper to park, cheaper to eat and equally as beautiful for children to enjoy the outdoors.I'd support a small charge for parking but not £10 for the whole day. I alwas spend more than 2 hours at Wakehurst as it's impossible to walk around the grounds with children in less time than that. Also we always pop in for a quick drink and cake so inevitably it is a 3 hours or more. I'd suggest £2 for the whole day is more appropriate otherwise we'll just go somewhere else that is cheaper to park, cheaper to eat and equally as beautiful for children to enjoy the outdoors.I'd support a small charge for parking but not £10 for the whole day. I alwas spend more than 2 hours at Wakehurst as it's impossible to walk around the grounds with children in less time than that. Also we always pop in for a quick drink and cake so inevitably it is a 3 hours or more. I'd suggest £2 for the whole day is more appropriate otherwise we'll just go somewhere else that is cheaper to park, cheaper to eat and equally as beautiful for children to enjoy the outdoors.
21 February 2014
Visitors to Wakehurst dropped from 416,000 in 2011/12 to 343,000 in 2012/13, some 73,000. With parking charges this will only drop much further. One can only assume that the National Trust does not want its members to visit Wakehurst. Attendance at other NT places will undoubtedly rise but with little increase in overall income to the Trust. I wish Kew luck in adopting this police and I believe they will end up with egg on their face.
21 February 2014
This is a cynical strategy. NT/Kew know that NT members have a(ready paid their annual membership and are likely to do so to be able to visit other properties, so they are unlikely to lose money through non-renewals. (Of course, this might be different if other properties follow.) The only loss of revenue is likely to be café/shop, but they have probably discounted that as negligible. It will be interesting to see how they seek to obtain payment. This is a cynical strategy. NT/Kew know that NT members have a(ready paid their annual membership and are likely to do so to be able to visit other properties, so they are unlikely to lose money through non-renewals. (Of course, this might be different if other properties follow.) The only loss of revenue is likely to be café/shop, but they have probably discounted that as negligible. It will be interesting to see how they seek to obtain payment. This is a cynical strategy. NT/Kew know that NT members have a(ready paid their annual membership and are likely to do so to be able to visit other properties, so they are unlikely to lose money through non-renewals. (Of course, this might be different if other properties follow.) The only loss of revenue is likely to be café/shop, but they have probably discounted that as negligible. It will be interesting to see how they seek to obtain payment. This is a cynical strategy. NT/Kew know that NT members have a(ready paid their annual membership and are likely to do so to be able to visit other properties, so they are unlikely to lose money through non-renewals. (Of course, this might be different if other properties follow.) The only loss of revenue is likely to be café/shop, but they have probably discounted that as negligible. It will be interesting to see how they seek to obtain payment. This is a cynical strategy. NT/Kew know that NT members have a(ready paid their annual membership and are likely to do so to be able to visit other properties, so they are unlikely to lose money through non-renewals. (Of course, this might be different if other properties follow.) The only loss of revenue is likely to be café/shop, but they have probably discounted that as negligible. It will be interesting to see how they seek to obtain payment. This is a cynical strategy. NT/Kew know that NT members have a(ready paid their annual membership and are likely to do so to be able to visit other properties, so they are unlikely to lose money through non-renewals. (Of course, this might be different if other properties follow.) The only loss of revenue is likely to be café/shop, but they have probably discounted that as negligible. It will be interesting to see how they seek to obtain payment. This is a cynical strategy. NT/Kew know that NT members have a(ready paid their annual membership and are likely to do so to be able to visit other properties, so they are unlikely to lose money through non-renewals. (Of course, this might be different if other properties follow.) The only loss of revenue is likely to be café/shop, but they have probably discounted that as negligible. It will be interesting to see how they seek to obtain payment. This is a cynical strategy. NT/Kew know that NT members have a(ready paid their annual membership and are likely to do so to be able to visit other properties, so they are unlikely to lose money through non-renewals. (Of course, this might be different if other properties follow.) The only loss of revenue is likely to be café/shop, but they have probably discounted that as negligible. It will be interesting to see how they seek to obtain payment. This is a cynical strategy. NT/Kew know that NT members have a(ready paid their annual membership and are likely to do so to be able to visit other properties, so they are unlikely to lose money through non-renewals. (Of course, this might be different if other properties follow.) The only loss of revenue is likely to be café/shop, but they have probably discounted that as negligible. It will be interesting to see how they seek to obtain payment. This is a cynical strategy. NT/Kew know that NT members have a(ready paid their annual membership and are likely to do so to be able to visit other properties, so they are unlikely to lose money through non-renewals. (Of course, this might be different if other properties follow.) The only loss of revenue is likely to be café/shop, but they have probably discounted that as negligible. It will be interesting to see how they seek to obtain payment.
Abuse Reported. Comment will be reviewed and removed if necessary.
21 February 2014
If this is a joint statement why don't we have a visible sign displayed within Wakehurst Place to show what happening. I have requested this on a number of visits I've made but no one has taken it up. Even yesterday I still found members who have no idea of these changes. One was a local councillor who was raising the issue with Ardingly council at last nights meeting. I'm sure NT members will still turn up and think they are allowed free parking,what happens when they enter and decide against parking? The road outside the location can be dangerous with the number of bends and I've often seen close accidents between motorist and cyclists. Do you want to cause more accidents.
21 February 2014
The charges for parking will inhibit many visitors from going to Wakehurst and spending money there. Very poor public relations exercise for Kew, our support will now be removed. Professor Frank Hibbert
Abuse Reported. Comment will be reviewed and removed if necessary.
21 February 2014
There are other ways to raise revenue outside penalising NT members for visiting a property to which they have no alternative but to drive to. How about improving and publicising the Kew facilities - arranging guided tours and school holiday 'educational' events? It seems that the easiest, least effort option has been selected and most people in business know that the easiest solution is not always the best. Looks as though overall footfall will now reduce by approx 40% based on these comments and those on other social media - so will the £10 charge increase to £15 in twelve months to cover the loss of revenue from a) NT memberships and b) spending in the café and gift shop? Throw into the mix the fairly obvious ploy of arranging the 'consultations' (albeit after the event, so more of a 'ticking the box' exercise, it would appear) at times when many of us are at work, therefore potentially limiting the feedback available, it seems that no consideration has been given to the people who provide the income in the first place - the visitors...There are other ways to raise revenue outside penalising NT members for visiting a property to which they have no alternative but to drive to. How about improving and publicising the Kew facilities - arranging guided tours and school holiday 'educational' events? It seems that the easiest, least effort option has been selected and most people in business know that the easiest solution is not always the best. Looks as though overall footfall will now reduce by approx 40% based on these comments and those on other social media - so will the £10 charge increase to £15 in twelve months to cover the loss of revenue from a) NT memberships and b) spending in the café and gift shop? Throw into the mix the fairly obvious ploy of arranging the 'consultations' (albeit after the event, so more of a 'ticking the box' exercise, it would appear) at times when many of us are at work, therefore potentially limiting the feedback available, it seems that no consideration has been given to the people who provide the income in the first place - the visitors...There are other ways to raise revenue outside penalising NT members for visiting a property to which they have no alternative but to drive to. How about improving and publicising the Kew facilities - arranging guided tours and school holiday 'educational' events? It seems that the easiest, least effort option has been selected and most people in business know that the easiest solution is not always the best. Looks as though overall footfall will now reduce by approx 40% based on these comments and those on other social media - so will the £10 charge increase to £15 in twelve months to cover the loss of revenue from a) NT memberships and b) spending in the café and gift shop? Throw into the mix the fairly obvious ploy of arranging the 'consultations' (albeit after the event, so more of a 'ticking the box' exercise, it would appear) at times when many of us are at work, therefore potentially limiting the feedback available, it seems that no consideration has been given to the people who provide the income in the first place - the visitors...There are other ways to raise revenue outside penalising NT members for visiting a property to which they have no alternative but to drive to. How about improving and publicising the Kew facilities - arranging guided tours and school holiday 'educational' events? It seems that the easiest, least effort option has been selected and most people in business know that the easiest solution is not always the best. Looks as though overall footfall will now reduce by approx 40% based on these comments and those on other social media - so will the £10 charge increase to £15 in twelve months to cover the loss of revenue from a) NT memberships and b) spending in the café and gift shop? Throw into the mix the fairly obvious ploy of arranging the 'consultations' (albeit after the event, so more of a 'ticking the box' exercise, it would appear) at times when many of us are at work, therefore potentially limiting the feedback available, it seems that no consideration has been given to the people who provide the income in the first place - the visitors...There are other ways to raise revenue outside penalising NT members for visiting a property to which they have no alternative but to drive to. How about improving and publicising the Kew facilities - arranging guided tours and school holiday 'educational' events? It seems that the easiest, least effort option has been selected and most people in business know that the easiest solution is not always the best. Looks as though overall footfall will now reduce by approx 40% based on these comments and those on other social media - so will the £10 charge increase to £15 in twelve months to cover the loss of revenue from a) NT memberships and b) spending in the café and gift shop? Throw into the mix the fairly obvious ploy of arranging the 'consultations' (albeit after the event, so more of a 'ticking the box' exercise, it would appear) at times when many of us are at work, therefore potentially limiting the feedback available, it seems that no consideration has been given to the people who provide the income in the first place - the visitors...There are other ways to raise revenue outside penalising NT members for visiting a property to which they have no alternative but to drive to. How about improving and publicising the Kew facilities - arranging guided tours and school holiday 'educational' events? It seems that the easiest, least effort option has been selected and most people in business know that the easiest solution is not always the best. Looks as though overall footfall will now reduce by approx 40% based on these comments and those on other social media - so will the £10 charge increase to £15 in twelve months to cover the loss of revenue from a) NT memberships and b) spending in the café and gift shop? Throw into the mix the fairly obvious ploy of arranging the 'consultations' (albeit after the event, so more of a 'ticking the box' exercise, it would appear) at times when many of us are at work, therefore potentially limiting the feedback available, it seems that no consideration has been given to the people who provide the income in the first place - the visitors...There are other ways to raise revenue outside penalising NT members for visiting a property to which they have no alternative but to drive to. How about improving and publicising the Kew facilities - arranging guided tours and school holiday 'educational' events? It seems that the easiest, least effort option has been selected and most people in business know that the easiest solution is not always the best. Looks as though overall footfall will now reduce by approx 40% based on these comments and those on other social media - so will the £10 charge increase to £15 in twelve months to cover the loss of revenue from a) NT memberships and b) spending in the café and gift shop? Throw into the mix the fairly obvious ploy of arranging the 'consultations' (albeit after the event, so more of a 'ticking the box' exercise, it would appear) at times when many of us are at work, therefore potentially limiting the feedback available, it seems that no consideration has been given to the people who provide the income in the first place - the visitors...There are other ways to raise revenue outside penalising NT members for visiting a property to which they have no alternative but to drive to. How about improving and publicising the Kew facilities - arranging guided tours and school holiday 'educational' events? It seems that the easiest, least effort option has been selected and most people in business know that the easiest solution is not always the best. Looks as though overall footfall will now reduce by approx 40% based on these comments and those on other social media - so will the £10 charge increase to £15 in twelve months to cover the loss of revenue from a) NT memberships and b) spending in the café and gift shop? Throw into the mix the fairly obvious ploy of arranging the 'consultations' (albeit after the event, so more of a 'ticking the box' exercise, it would appear) at times when many of us are at work, therefore potentially limiting the feedback available, it seems that no consideration has been given to the people who provide the income in the first place - the visitors...There are other ways to raise revenue outside penalising NT members for visiting a property to which they have no alternative but to drive to. How about improving and publicising the Kew facilities - arranging guided tours and school holiday 'educational' events? It seems that the easiest, least effort option has been selected and most people in business know that the easiest solution is not always the best. Looks as though overall footfall will now reduce by approx 40% based on these comments and those on other social media - so will the £10 charge increase to £15 in twelve months to cover the loss of revenue from a) NT memberships and b) spending in the café and gift shop? Throw into the mix the fairly obvious ploy of arranging the 'consultations' (albeit after the event, so more of a 'ticking the box' exercise, it would appear) at times when many of us are at work, therefore potentially limiting the feedback available, it seems that no consideration has been given to the people who provide the income in the first place - the visitors...There are other ways to raise revenue outside penalising NT members for visiting a property to which they have no alternative but to drive to. How about improving and publicising the Kew facilities - arranging guided tours and school holiday 'educational' events? It seems that the easiest, least effort option has been selected and most people in business know that the easiest solution is not always the best. Looks as though overall footfall will now reduce by approx 40% based on these comments and those on other social media - so will the £10 charge increase to £15 in twelve months to cover the loss of revenue from a) NT memberships and b) spending in the café and gift shop? Throw into the mix the fairly obvious ploy of arranging the 'consultations' (albeit after the event, so more of a 'ticking the box' exercise, it would appear) at times when many of us are at work, therefore potentially limiting the feedback available, it seems that no consideration has been given to the people who provide the income in the first place - the visitors...
21 February 2014
I can understand this, as places such as these do take a large amount to maintain....but what a shame. I am a Life Member of the National Trust, bought for me as a child and I really enjoy going to the many National Trust or National Trust linked places. Wakehurst is also reasonably local to where I live and a lovely place to spend a relaxing few hours walking around. However, having had an effective paycut year on year for the last "n" years I cannot afford to pay more and more for days out. I hasten to add that whenever my wife and I have visited Wakehurst we have always spent a good number of hours there and not just had coffee and cakes, but also a good sized meal or two in the restaurant. It is therefore with regret that I will be someone (one of the very many I imagine, including those who are already posting) who will now be having to cross this location off the days out list. And I suspect Wakehurst will become a much quieter place from this Spring, as numbers going through the gates start to significantly drop. This is a very big mistake in my opinion. I can understand this, as places such as these do take a large amount to maintain....but what a shame. I am a Life Member of the National Trust, bought for me as a child and I really enjoy going to the many National Trust or National Trust linked places. Wakehurst is also reasonably local to where I live and a lovely place to spend a relaxing few hours walking around. However, having had an effective paycut year on year for the last "n" years I cannot afford to pay more and more for days out. I hasten to add that whenever my wife and I have visited Wakehurst we have always spent a good number of hours there and not just had coffee and cakes, but also a good sized meal or two in the restaurant. It is therefore with regret that I will be someone (one of the very many I imagine, including those who are already posting) who will now be having to cross this location off the days out list. And I suspect Wakehurst will become a much quieter place from this Spring, as numbers going through the gates start to significantly drop. This is a very big mistake in my opinion. I can understand this, as places such as these do take a large amount to maintain....but what a shame. I am a Life Member of the National Trust, bought for me as a child and I really enjoy going to the many National Trust or National Trust linked places. Wakehurst is also reasonably local to where I live and a lovely place to spend a relaxing few hours walking around. However, having had an effective paycut year on year for the last "n" years I cannot afford to pay more and more for days out. I hasten to add that whenever my wife and I have visited Wakehurst we have always spent a good number of hours there and not just had coffee and cakes, but also a good sized meal or two in the restaurant. It is therefore with regret that I will be someone (one of the very many I imagine, including those who are already posting) who will now be having to cross this location off the days out list. And I suspect Wakehurst will become a much quieter place from this Spring, as numbers going through the gates start to significantly drop. This is a very big mistake in my opinion. I can understand this, as places such as these do take a large amount to maintain....but what a shame. I am a Life Member of the National Trust, bought for me as a child and I really enjoy going to the many National Trust or National Trust linked places. Wakehurst is also reasonably local to where I live and a lovely place to spend a relaxing few hours walking around. However, having had an effective paycut year on year for the last "n" years I cannot afford to pay more and more for days out. I hasten to add that whenever my wife and I have visited Wakehurst we have always spent a good number of hours there and not just had coffee and cakes, but also a good sized meal or two in the restaurant. It is therefore with regret that I will be someone (one of the very many I imagine, including those who are already posting) who will now be having to cross this location off the days out list. And I suspect Wakehurst will become a much quieter place from this Spring, as numbers going through the gates start to significantly drop. This is a very big mistake in my opinion. I can understand this, as places such as these do take a large amount to maintain....but what a shame. I am a Life Member of the National Trust, bought for me as a child and I really enjoy going to the many National Trust or National Trust linked places. Wakehurst is also reasonably local to where I live and a lovely place to spend a relaxing few hours walking around. However, having had an effective paycut year on year for the last "n" years I cannot afford to pay more and more for days out. I hasten to add that whenever my wife and I have visited Wakehurst we have always spent a good number of hours there and not just had coffee and cakes, but also a good sized meal or two in the restaurant. It is therefore with regret that I will be someone (one of the very many I imagine, including those who are already posting) who will now be having to cross this location off the days out list. And I suspect Wakehurst will become a much quieter place from this Spring, as numbers going through the gates start to significantly drop. This is a very big mistake in my opinion. I can understand this, as places such as these do take a large amount to maintain....but what a shame. I am a Life Member of the National Trust, bought for me as a child and I really enjoy going to the many National Trust or National Trust linked places. Wakehurst is also reasonably local to where I live and a lovely place to spend a relaxing few hours walking around. However, having had an effective paycut year on year for the last "n" years I cannot afford to pay more and more for days out. I hasten to add that whenever my wife and I have visited Wakehurst we have always spent a good number of hours there and not just had coffee and cakes, but also a good sized meal or two in the restaurant. It is therefore with regret that I will be someone (one of the very many I imagine, including those who are already posting) who will now be having to cross this location off the days out list. And I suspect Wakehurst will become a much quieter place from this Spring, as numbers going through the gates start to significantly drop. This is a very big mistake in my opinion. I can understand this, as places such as these do take a large amount to maintain....but what a shame. I am a Life Member of the National Trust, bought for me as a child and I really enjoy going to the many National Trust or National Trust linked places. Wakehurst is also reasonably local to where I live and a lovely place to spend a relaxing few hours walking around. However, having had an effective paycut year on year for the last "n" years I cannot afford to pay more and more for days out. I hasten to add that whenever my wife and I have visited Wakehurst we have always spent a good number of hours there and not just had coffee and cakes, but also a good sized meal or two in the restaurant. It is therefore with regret that I will be someone (one of the very many I imagine, including those who are already posting) who will now be having to cross this location off the days out list. And I suspect Wakehurst will become a much quieter place from this Spring, as numbers going through the gates start to significantly drop. This is a very big mistake in my opinion. I can understand this, as places such as these do take a large amount to maintain....but what a shame. I am a Life Member of the National Trust, bought for me as a child and I really enjoy going to the many National Trust or National Trust linked places. Wakehurst is also reasonably local to where I live and a lovely place to spend a relaxing few hours walking around. However, having had an effective paycut year on year for the last "n" years I cannot afford to pay more and more for days out. I hasten to add that whenever my wife and I have visited Wakehurst we have always spent a good number of hours there and not just had coffee and cakes, but also a good sized meal or two in the restaurant. It is therefore with regret that I will be someone (one of the very many I imagine, including those who are already posting) who will now be having to cross this location off the days out list. And I suspect Wakehurst will become a much quieter place from this Spring, as numbers going through the gates start to significantly drop. This is a very big mistake in my opinion. I can understand this, as places such as these do take a large amount to maintain....but what a shame. I am a Life Member of the National Trust, bought for me as a child and I really enjoy going to the many National Trust or National Trust linked places. Wakehurst is also reasonably local to where I live and a lovely place to spend a relaxing few hours walking around. However, having had an effective paycut year on year for the last "n" years I cannot afford to pay more and more for days out. I hasten to add that whenever my wife and I have visited Wakehurst we have always spent a good number of hours there and not just had coffee and cakes, but also a good sized meal or two in the restaurant. It is therefore with regret that I will be someone (one of the very many I imagine, including those who are already posting) who will now be having to cross this location off the days out list. And I suspect Wakehurst will become a much quieter place from this Spring, as numbers going through the gates start to significantly drop. This is a very big mistake in my opinion. I can understand this, as places such as these do take a large amount to maintain....but what a shame. I am a Life Member of the National Trust, bought for me as a child and I really enjoy going to the many National Trust or National Trust linked places. Wakehurst is also reasonably local to where I live and a lovely place to spend a relaxing few hours walking around. However, having had an effective paycut year on year for the last "n" years I cannot afford to pay more and more for days out. I hasten to add that whenever my wife and I have visited Wakehurst we have always spent a good number of hours there and not just had coffee and cakes, but also a good sized meal or two in the restaurant. It is therefore with regret that I will be someone (one of the very many I imagine, including those who are already posting) who will now be having to cross this location off the days out list. And I suspect Wakehurst will become a much quieter place from this Spring, as numbers going through the gates start to significantly drop. This is a very big mistake in my opinion.
21 February 2014
I agree fully with the other comments. We have been N.T. members for many years, and Wakehurst is one of the nearest places to us, although more than 20 miles away. There is no option but to travel by car. I believe Wakehurst will lose money if they introduce this charge, as people (including ourselves) will stop visiting, and less money will be spent in the shop and cafe. Please rethink this plan and find an alternative way to raise the money. Once one property starts charging members to park, other properties will follow.
21 February 2014
It's clear from the comments on here and on the NT's Facebook page that members like me see this as a backward and extremely disappointing move. This whole thing may seriously backfire on Wakehurst itself through people deciding not to visit at all, and more widely through members losing faith in how the Trust is treating them. I hope the Trust will reconsider this decision and not begin to get the same sort of reputation as local councils who just see car parking as an easy money extracting machine.
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21 February 2014
As an NT member, we often popped in for a walk and a quick snack lunch. No more I am afraid - we will be the poorer for being priced out of this wonderful garden and sadly I fear Kew will find diminishing returns from greatly reduced numbers. ( from us alone reduced revenue of at 150 per year) If the NT lease is so onerous they and Kew should change it - not inflict the cost on NT members. I presume the NT is taking a hard commercial line with Kew - you signed the lease - you have to pay! Short sighted and counterproductive by the NT if this is the case.
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20 February 2014
Oh...this is disappointing we have just bought a NT membership as a family and were expecting to visit Wakehurst regularly...which we certainly will not be doing when this charge is introduced. How annoying.
20 February 2014
You have already made your minds up, there is a mention of charges already in the 2014 National Trust Handbook. Utter disgrace!
20 February 2014
Outrageous prices! As a National trust member who lives locally I already pay to support Wakehurst which I visit regularly - I will no longer be able to visit as I am totally unwilling to spend £10 pounds on parking as I would normally spend 2-3 hours walking and lunching. Bad Form and Bad Decision!
20 February 2014
I live locally, am a NT member and frequently visit Wakehurst. I was disappointed to hear of your decision to impose parking charges at Wakehurst but when I learnt how much you intend to charge, I was appalled. Quite frankly, it's greedy and demonstrates complete contempt for all NT members. I'm sure many visitors, like me, spend money in the shop and cafe after strolling around the grounds. 2 hours is not sufficient for that to be done at ones leisure. Do you want us to do a route march around the grounds and leave without spending money elsewhere? I can tell you now that I absolutely refuse to pay £10 for parking. This is a bad decision NT and one you may well live to regret. Goodness knows what the tourists and overseas visitors will think when they arrive to visit Wakehurst. Rip off Britain strikes again!
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20 February 2014
With regards to the car parking charges being brought in next April, I as many others feel they are far too high. I can fully understand the need to raise more funding and the difficulty in finding ways to do this. However I think the scale of charges is actually depremental to your case. I live locally in Haywards Heath and am a National Trust Member. My husband and I visit Wakehurst frequently for short visits, on average between 1 - 2 hours at a time. We often visit the cafe and shop, occasionally the plant shop, spending money in these places. I do not object to paying a reasonable fee, eg £1.00 per hour, for parking but I do object to scale of charges. £5.00 for 2 hours (£10 if I happen to stay a little longer) two or three times a week. This would be very off putting, in fact I will stop coming. Yes, we could buy two Wakehurst memberships - at a cost of £50 - but why would we when we can go to Sheffield Park or Nynams Gardens just as easily where the parking will be free? Please reconsider your decision as I feel a lot of local National Trust Members feel as I do With regards to the car parking charges being brought in next April, I as many others feel they are far too high. I can fully understand the need to raise more funding and the difficulty in finding ways to do this. However I think the scale of charges is actually depremental to your case. I live locally in Haywards Heath and am a National Trust Member. My husband and I visit Wakehurst frequently for short visits, on average between 1 - 2 hours at a time. We often visit the cafe and shop, occasionally the plant shop, spending money in these places. I do not object to paying a reasonable fee, eg £1.00 per hour, for parking but I do object to scale of charges. £5.00 for 2 hours (£10 if I happen to stay a little longer) two or three times a week. This would be very off putting, in fact I will stop coming. Yes, we could buy two Wakehurst memberships - at a cost of £50 - but why would we when we can go to Sheffield Park or Nynams Gardens just as easily where the parking will be free? Please reconsider your decision as I feel a lot of local National Trust Members feel as I do With regards to the car parking charges being brought in next April, I as many others feel they are far too high. I can fully understand the need to raise more funding and the difficulty in finding ways to do this. However I think the scale of charges is actually depremental to your case. I live locally in Haywards Heath and am a National Trust Member. My husband and I visit Wakehurst frequently for short visits, on average between 1 - 2 hours at a time. We often visit the cafe and shop, occasionally the plant shop, spending money in these places. I do not object to paying a reasonable fee, eg £1.00 per hour, for parking but I do object to scale of charges. £5.00 for 2 hours (£10 if I happen to stay a little longer) two or three times a week. This would be very off putting, in fact I will stop coming. Yes, we could buy two Wakehurst memberships - at a cost of £50 - but why would we when we can go to Sheffield Park or Nynams Gardens just as easily where the parking will be free? Please reconsider your decision as I feel a lot of local National Trust Members feel as I do With regards to the car parking charges being brought in next April, I as many others feel they are far too high. I can fully understand the need to raise more funding and the difficulty in finding ways to do this. However I think the scale of charges is actually depremental to your case. I live locally in Haywards Heath and am a National Trust Member. My husband and I visit Wakehurst frequently for short visits, on average between 1 - 2 hours at a time. We often visit the cafe and shop, occasionally the plant shop, spending money in these places. I do not object to paying a reasonable fee, eg £1.00 per hour, for parking but I do object to scale of charges. £5.00 for 2 hours (£10 if I happen to stay a little longer) two or three times a week. This would be very off putting, in fact I will stop coming. Yes, we could buy two Wakehurst memberships - at a cost of £50 - but why would we when we can go to Sheffield Park or Nynams Gardens just as easily where the parking will be free? Please reconsider your decision as I feel a lot of local National Trust Members feel as I do With regards to the car parking charges being brought in next April, I as many others feel they are far too high. I can fully understand the need to raise more funding and the difficulty in finding ways to do this. However I think the scale of charges is actually depremental to your case. I live locally in Haywards Heath and am a National Trust Member. My husband and I visit Wakehurst frequently for short visits, on average between 1 - 2 hours at a time. We often visit the cafe and shop, occasionally the plant shop, spending money in these places. I do not object to paying a reasonable fee, eg £1.00 per hour, for parking but I do object to scale of charges. £5.00 for 2 hours (£10 if I happen to stay a little longer) two or three times a week. This would be very off putting, in fact I will stop coming. Yes, we could buy two Wakehurst memberships - at a cost of £50 - but why would we when we can go to Sheffield Park or Nynams Gardens just as easily where the parking will be free? Please reconsider your decision as I feel a lot of local National Trust Members feel as I do With regards to the car parking charges being brought in next April, I as many others feel they are far too high. I can fully understand the need to raise more funding and the difficulty in finding ways to do this. However I think the scale of charges is actually depremental to your case. I live locally in Haywards Heath and am a National Trust Member. My husband and I visit Wakehurst frequently for short visits, on average between 1 - 2 hours at a time. We often visit the cafe and shop, occasionally the plant shop, spending money in these places. I do not object to paying a reasonable fee, eg £1.00 per hour, for parking but I do object to scale of charges. £5.00 for 2 hours (£10 if I happen to stay a little longer) two or three times a week. This would be very off putting, in fact I will stop coming. Yes, we could buy two Wakehurst memberships - at a cost of £50 - but why would we when we can go to Sheffield Park or Nynams Gardens just as easily where the parking will be free? Please reconsider your decision as I feel a lot of local National Trust Members feel as I do With regards to the car parking charges being brought in next April, I as many others feel they are far too high. I can fully understand the need to raise more funding and the difficulty in finding ways to do this. However I think the scale of charges is actually depremental to your case. I live locally in Haywards Heath and am a National Trust Member. My husband and I visit Wakehurst frequently for short visits, on average between 1 - 2 hours at a time. We often visit the cafe and shop, occasionally the plant shop, spending money in these places. I do not object to paying a reasonable fee, eg £1.00 per hour, for parking but I do object to scale of charges. £5.00 for 2 hours (£10 if I happen to stay a little longer) two or three times a week. This would be very off putting, in fact I will stop coming. Yes, we could buy two Wakehurst memberships - at a cost of £50 - but why would we when we can go to Sheffield Park or Nynams Gardens just as easily where the parking will be free? Please reconsider your decision as I feel a lot of local National Trust Members feel as I do With regards to the car parking charges being brought in next April, I as many others feel they are far too high. I can fully understand the need to raise more funding and the difficulty in finding ways to do this. However I think the scale of charges is actually depremental to your case. I live locally in Haywards Heath and am a National Trust Member. My husband and I visit Wakehurst frequently for short visits, on average between 1 - 2 hours at a time. We often visit the cafe and shop, occasionally the plant shop, spending money in these places. I do not object to paying a reasonable fee, eg £1.00 per hour, for parking but I do object to scale of charges. £5.00 for 2 hours (£10 if I happen to stay a little longer) two or three times a week. This would be very off putting, in fact I will stop coming. Yes, we could buy two Wakehurst memberships - at a cost of £50 - but why would we when we can go to Sheffield Park or Nynams Gardens just as easily where the parking will be free? Please reconsider your decision as I feel a lot of local National Trust Members feel as I do With regards to the car parking charges being brought in next April, I as many others feel they are far too high. I can fully understand the need to raise more funding and the difficulty in finding ways to do this. However I think the scale of charges is actually depremental to your case. I live locally in Haywards Heath and am a National Trust Member. My husband and I visit Wakehurst frequently for short visits, on average between 1 - 2 hours at a time. We often visit the cafe and shop, occasionally the plant shop, spending money in these places. I do not object to paying a reasonable fee, eg £1.00 per hour, for parking but I do object to scale of charges. £5.00 for 2 hours (£10 if I happen to stay a little longer) two or three times a week. This would be very off putting, in fact I will stop coming. Yes, we could buy two Wakehurst memberships - at a cost of £50 - but why would we when we can go to Sheffield Park or Nynams Gardens just as easily where the parking will be free? Please reconsider your decision as I feel a lot of local National Trust Members feel as I do With regards to the car parking charges being brought in next April, I as many others feel they are far too high. I can fully understand the need to raise more funding and the difficulty in finding ways to do this. However I think the scale of charges is actually depremental to your case. I live locally in Haywards Heath and am a National Trust Member. My husband and I visit Wakehurst frequently for short visits, on average between 1 - 2 hours at a time. We often visit the cafe and shop, occasionally the plant shop, spending money in these places. I do not object to paying a reasonable fee, eg £1.00 per hour, for parking but I do object to scale of charges. £5.00 for 2 hours (£10 if I happen to stay a little longer) two or three times a week. This would be very off putting, in fact I will stop coming. Yes, we could buy two Wakehurst memberships - at a cost of £50 - but why would we when we can go to Sheffield Park or Nynams Gardens just as easily where the parking will be free? Please reconsider your decision as I feel a lot of local National Trust Members feel as I do
20 February 2014
What a huge shame, I am a regular visitor to Wakehurst. The visit would include the hours walk to the lake and back , on sunny days often stopping. Also a stop in the cafe and shop would be part of the visit. We would also pop in for gift buying or picking up BBQ charcoal in the summer. With the introduction of parking charges my husband and I will know longer be visiting.
20 February 2014
I can't even find the words to say how angry at this I am. My family have been visiting Wakehurst for more than 20 years every weekend. We spend money in the shop and cafe. If we have to pay for parking we will definitely NOT be visiting wakehurst anymore. .....Standon, And Nymens will be our regular visits. Wakehust appears to be run by brainless accountants who think this will work. It won't.
20 February 2014
Will the charge include motorcycles? My wife & I often pop in for lunch or snack, & a walk. Coming in the car will be bad enough, but on separate bikes we could be paying £20 before we've even started.
20 February 2014
A tragic decision. Myself and many friends who have regularly visited Wakehurst in the past will, sadly, no longer continue to support it. "The support of our visitors is vital to the long term future" is what was said in the text which informed us of this decision - it would appear not.............. If Kew can no longer run the place effectively then, perhaps, the trust should explore other avenues? Whilst I am a great supporter of Kew and all that they do in the name of conservation, I do wonder if the time has come to lease some part of the estate to some other body who can manage to generate extra income without penalising N.T. members. It seems sad that the members of the very organisation that leases the estate to Kew are the only ones to have to cough up for car parking. If visitors stay away the income will drop. If members choose to leave the N.T. then the damage to all of their properties will be devastating. Please rethink this total lunacy. A tragic decision. Myself and many friends who have regularly visited Wakehurst in the past will, sadly, no longer continue to support it. "The support of our visitors is vital to the long term future" is what was said in the text which informed us of this decision - it would appear not.............. If Kew can no longer run the place effectively then, perhaps, the trust should explore other avenues? Whilst I am a great supporter of Kew and all that they do in the name of conservation, I do wonder if the time has come to lease some part of the estate to some other body who can manage to generate extra income without penalising N.T. members. It seems sad that the members of the very organisation that leases the estate to Kew are the only ones to have to cough up for car parking. If visitors stay away the income will drop. If members choose to leave the N.T. then the damage to all of their properties will be devastating. Please rethink this total lunacy. A tragic decision. Myself and many friends who have regularly visited Wakehurst in the past will, sadly, no longer continue to support it. "The support of our visitors is vital to the long term future" is what was said in the text which informed us of this decision - it would appear not.............. If Kew can no longer run the place effectively then, perhaps, the trust should explore other avenues? Whilst I am a great supporter of Kew and all that they do in the name of conservation, I do wonder if the time has come to lease some part of the estate to some other body who can manage to generate extra income without penalising N.T. members. It seems sad that the members of the very organisation that leases the estate to Kew are the only ones to have to cough up for car parking. If visitors stay away the income will drop. If members choose to leave the N.T. then the damage to all of their properties will be devastating. Please rethink this total lunacy. A tragic decision. Myself and many friends who have regularly visited Wakehurst in the past will, sadly, no longer continue to support it. "The support of our visitors is vital to the long term future" is what was said in the text which informed us of this decision - it would appear not.............. If Kew can no longer run the place effectively then, perhaps, the trust should explore other avenues? Whilst I am a great supporter of Kew and all that they do in the name of conservation, I do wonder if the time has come to lease some part of the estate to some other body who can manage to generate extra income without penalising N.T. members. It seems sad that the members of the very organisation that leases the estate to Kew are the only ones to have to cough up for car parking. If visitors stay away the income will drop. If members choose to leave the N.T. then the damage to all of their properties will be devastating. Please rethink this total lunacy. A tragic decision. Myself and many friends who have regularly visited Wakehurst in the past will, sadly, no longer continue to support it. "The support of our visitors is vital to the long term future" is what was said in the text which informed us of this decision - it would appear not.............. If Kew can no longer run the place effectively then, perhaps, the trust should explore other avenues? Whilst I am a great supporter of Kew and all that they do in the name of conservation, I do wonder if the time has come to lease some part of the estate to some other body who can manage to generate extra income without penalising N.T. members. It seems sad that the members of the very organisation that leases the estate to Kew are the only ones to have to cough up for car parking. If visitors stay away the income will drop. If members choose to leave the N.T. then the damage to all of their properties will be devastating. Please rethink this total lunacy. A tragic decision. Myself and many friends who have regularly visited Wakehurst in the past will, sadly, no longer continue to support it. "The support of our visitors is vital to the long term future" is what was said in the text which informed us of this decision - it would appear not.............. If Kew can no longer run the place effectively then, perhaps, the trust should explore other avenues? Whilst I am a great supporter of Kew and all that they do in the name of conservation, I do wonder if the time has come to lease some part of the estate to some other body who can manage to generate extra income without penalising N.T. members. It seems sad that the members of the very organisation that leases the estate to Kew are the only ones to have to cough up for car parking. If visitors stay away the income will drop. If members choose to leave the N.T. then the damage to all of their properties will be devastating. Please rethink this total lunacy. A tragic decision. Myself and many friends who have regularly visited Wakehurst in the past will, sadly, no longer continue to support it. "The support of our visitors is vital to the long term future" is what was said in the text which informed us of this decision - it would appear not.............. If Kew can no longer run the place effectively then, perhaps, the trust should explore other avenues? Whilst I am a great supporter of Kew and all that they do in the name of conservation, I do wonder if the time has come to lease some part of the estate to some other body who can manage to generate extra income without penalising N.T. members. It seems sad that the members of the very organisation that leases the estate to Kew are the only ones to have to cough up for car parking. If visitors stay away the income will drop. If members choose to leave the N.T. then the damage to all of their properties will be devastating. Please rethink this total lunacy. A tragic decision. Myself and many friends who have regularly visited Wakehurst in the past will, sadly, no longer continue to support it. "The support of our visitors is vital to the long term future" is what was said in the text which informed us of this decision - it would appear not.............. If Kew can no longer run the place effectively then, perhaps, the trust should explore other avenues? Whilst I am a great supporter of Kew and all that they do in the name of conservation, I do wonder if the time has come to lease some part of the estate to some other body who can manage to generate extra income without penalising N.T. members. It seems sad that the members of the very organisation that leases the estate to Kew are the only ones to have to cough up for car parking. If visitors stay away the income will drop. If members choose to leave the N.T. then the damage to all of their properties will be devastating. Please rethink this total lunacy. A tragic decision. Myself and many friends who have regularly visited Wakehurst in the past will, sadly, no longer continue to support it. "The support of our visitors is vital to the long term future" is what was said in the text which informed us of this decision - it would appear not.............. If Kew can no longer run the place effectively then, perhaps, the trust should explore other avenues? Whilst I am a great supporter of Kew and all that they do in the name of conservation, I do wonder if the time has come to lease some part of the estate to some other body who can manage to generate extra income without penalising N.T. members. It seems sad that the members of the very organisation that leases the estate to Kew are the only ones to have to cough up for car parking. If visitors stay away the income will drop. If members choose to leave the N.T. then the damage to all of their properties will be devastating. Please rethink this total lunacy. A tragic decision. Myself and many friends who have regularly visited Wakehurst in the past will, sadly, no longer continue to support it. "The support of our visitors is vital to the long term future" is what was said in the text which informed us of this decision - it would appear not.............. If Kew can no longer run the place effectively then, perhaps, the trust should explore other avenues? Whilst I am a great supporter of Kew and all that they do in the name of conservation, I do wonder if the time has come to lease some part of the estate to some other body who can manage to generate extra income without penalising N.T. members. It seems sad that the members of the very organisation that leases the estate to Kew are the only ones to have to cough up for car parking. If visitors stay away the income will drop. If members choose to leave the N.T. then the damage to all of their properties will be devastating. Please rethink this total lunacy. A tragic decision. Myself and many friends who have regularly visited Wakehurst in the past will, sadly, no longer continue to support it. "The support of our visitors is vital to the long term future" is what was said in the text which informed us of this decision - it would appear not.............. If Kew can no longer run the place effectively then, perhaps, the trust should explore other avenues? Whilst I am a great supporter of Kew and all that they do in the name of conservation, I do wonder if the time has come to lease some part of the estate to some other body who can manage to generate extra income without penalising N.T. members. It seems sad that the members of the very organisation that leases the estate to Kew are the only ones to have to cough up for car parking. If visitors stay away the income will drop. If members choose to leave the N.T. then the damage to all of their properties will be devastating. Please rethink this total lunacy.
20 February 2014
The NT membership goes up and up, the Wakehurst restaurant prices go up and up and now this. We won't be paying £10 for a visit, we'll stick to Nymans, Polesden, Standen, Sheffield Park, etc. I imagine this will cost you more than it makes.
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20 February 2014
A message to Andy Jackson director of Wakehurst Place, the views I gave in the Radio Sussex interview this morning were concerning the car park charges. On a personal note both my wife and I love our walks at the location which we try to do on a daily basis. Unfortunately we are both retired and cannot afford both memberships. Last year I did give a donation and will continue to do so this year. We like many of our friends use Wakehurst to maintain our fitness in the wonderful surroundings. We shal both continue to use Wakehurst however parking in Ardingly and use the public footpaths for entry. Hope to catch up with you at one of the meetings in March.
20 February 2014
I think it is a great shame.Wakehurst is one of my favourite places.We will not be visting there any more if these car parking charges go a head. They will loose the support of a huge amount of NT members like ourselves.
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