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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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20 February 2014
Disappointed in the extreme. These exorbitant charges will prevent us from visiting Wakehurst. Such a shame as we loved visiting with our family and spending a relaxing time there. Not any more. Will totally spoil the Wakehurst experience if we are constantly looking at our watches worried that we may overstay our time limit. How are the National Trust going to police the the car park? Are they going to get a third party company in to run it? What happens if you overstay by a few minutes? Will you get a hefty fine? I feel this is the thin end of the wedge. Once these car park charges come in then you can bet they'll do it to the other NT properties. Start with Wakehurst which is the most visited property in the UK and then work down. We shall not be renewing our family membership as we have lost faith in the NT. This really does leave a bitter taste in the mouth. Disappointed in the extreme. These exorbitant charges will prevent us from visiting Wakehurst. Such a shame as we loved visiting with our family and spending a relaxing time there. Not any more. Will totally spoil the Wakehurst experience if we are constantly looking at our watches worried that we may overstay our time limit. How are the National Trust going to police the the car park? Are they going to get a third party company in to run it? What happens if you overstay by a few minutes? Will you get a hefty fine? I feel this is the thin end of the wedge. Once these car park charges come in then you can bet they'll do it to the other NT properties. Start with Wakehurst which is the most visited property in the UK and then work down. We shall not be renewing our family membership as we have lost faith in the NT. This really does leave a bitter taste in the mouth. Disappointed in the extreme. These exorbitant charges will prevent us from visiting Wakehurst. Such a shame as we loved visiting with our family and spending a relaxing time there. Not any more. Will totally spoil the Wakehurst experience if we are constantly looking at our watches worried that we may overstay our time limit. How are the National Trust going to police the the car park? Are they going to get a third party company in to run it? What happens if you overstay by a few minutes? Will you get a hefty fine? I feel this is the thin end of the wedge. Once these car park charges come in then you can bet they'll do it to the other NT properties. Start with Wakehurst which is the most visited property in the UK and then work down. We shall not be renewing our family membership as we have lost faith in the NT. This really does leave a bitter taste in the mouth. Disappointed in the extreme. These exorbitant charges will prevent us from visiting Wakehurst. Such a shame as we loved visiting with our family and spending a relaxing time there. Not any more. Will totally spoil the Wakehurst experience if we are constantly looking at our watches worried that we may overstay our time limit. How are the National Trust going to police the the car park? Are they going to get a third party company in to run it? What happens if you overstay by a few minutes? Will you get a hefty fine? I feel this is the thin end of the wedge. Once these car park charges come in then you can bet they'll do it to the other NT properties. Start with Wakehurst which is the most visited property in the UK and then work down. We shall not be renewing our family membership as we have lost faith in the NT. This really does leave a bitter taste in the mouth. Disappointed in the extreme. These exorbitant charges will prevent us from visiting Wakehurst. Such a shame as we loved visiting with our family and spending a relaxing time there. Not any more. Will totally spoil the Wakehurst experience if we are constantly looking at our watches worried that we may overstay our time limit. How are the National Trust going to police the the car park? Are they going to get a third party company in to run it? What happens if you overstay by a few minutes? Will you get a hefty fine? I feel this is the thin end of the wedge. Once these car park charges come in then you can bet they'll do it to the other NT properties. Start with Wakehurst which is the most visited property in the UK and then work down. We shall not be renewing our family membership as we have lost faith in the NT. This really does leave a bitter taste in the mouth. Disappointed in the extreme. These exorbitant charges will prevent us from visiting Wakehurst. Such a shame as we loved visiting with our family and spending a relaxing time there. Not any more. Will totally spoil the Wakehurst experience if we are constantly looking at our watches worried that we may overstay our time limit. How are the National Trust going to police the the car park? Are they going to get a third party company in to run it? What happens if you overstay by a few minutes? Will you get a hefty fine? I feel this is the thin end of the wedge. Once these car park charges come in then you can bet they'll do it to the other NT properties. Start with Wakehurst which is the most visited property in the UK and then work down. We shall not be renewing our family membership as we have lost faith in the NT. This really does leave a bitter taste in the mouth. Disappointed in the extreme. These exorbitant charges will prevent us from visiting Wakehurst. Such a shame as we loved visiting with our family and spending a relaxing time there. Not any more. Will totally spoil the Wakehurst experience if we are constantly looking at our watches worried that we may overstay our time limit. How are the National Trust going to police the the car park? Are they going to get a third party company in to run it? What happens if you overstay by a few minutes? Will you get a hefty fine? I feel this is the thin end of the wedge. Once these car park charges come in then you can bet they'll do it to the other NT properties. Start with Wakehurst which is the most visited property in the UK and then work down. We shall not be renewing our family membership as we have lost faith in the NT. This really does leave a bitter taste in the mouth. Disappointed in the extreme. These exorbitant charges will prevent us from visiting Wakehurst. Such a shame as we loved visiting with our family and spending a relaxing time there. Not any more. Will totally spoil the Wakehurst experience if we are constantly looking at our watches worried that we may overstay our time limit. How are the National Trust going to police the the car park? Are they going to get a third party company in to run it? What happens if you overstay by a few minutes? Will you get a hefty fine? I feel this is the thin end of the wedge. Once these car park charges come in then you can bet they'll do it to the other NT properties. Start with Wakehurst which is the most visited property in the UK and then work down. We shall not be renewing our family membership as we have lost faith in the NT. This really does leave a bitter taste in the mouth. Disappointed in the extreme. These exorbitant charges will prevent us from visiting Wakehurst. Such a shame as we loved visiting with our family and spending a relaxing time there. Not any more. Will totally spoil the Wakehurst experience if we are constantly looking at our watches worried that we may overstay our time limit. How are the National Trust going to police the the car park? Are they going to get a third party company in to run it? What happens if you overstay by a few minutes? Will you get a hefty fine? I feel this is the thin end of the wedge. Once these car park charges come in then you can bet they'll do it to the other NT properties. Start with Wakehurst which is the most visited property in the UK and then work down. We shall not be renewing our family membership as we have lost faith in the NT. This really does leave a bitter taste in the mouth. Disappointed in the extreme. These exorbitant charges will prevent us from visiting Wakehurst. Such a shame as we loved visiting with our family and spending a relaxing time there. Not any more. Will totally spoil the Wakehurst experience if we are constantly looking at our watches worried that we may overstay our time limit. How are the National Trust going to police the the car park? Are they going to get a third party company in to run it? What happens if you overstay by a few minutes? Will you get a hefty fine? I feel this is the thin end of the wedge. Once these car park charges come in then you can bet they'll do it to the other NT properties. Start with Wakehurst which is the most visited property in the UK and then work down. We shall not be renewing our family membership as we have lost faith in the NT. This really does leave a bitter taste in the mouth. Disappointed in the extreme. These exorbitant charges will prevent us from visiting Wakehurst. Such a shame as we loved visiting with our family and spending a relaxing time there. Not any more. Will totally spoil the Wakehurst experience if we are constantly looking at our watches worried that we may overstay our time limit. How are the National Trust going to police the the car park? Are they going to get a third party company in to run it? What happens if you overstay by a few minutes? Will you get a hefty fine? I feel this is the thin end of the wedge. Once these car park charges come in then you can bet they'll do it to the other NT properties. Start with Wakehurst which is the most visited property in the UK and then work down. We shall not be renewing our family membership as we have lost faith in the NT. This really does leave a bitter taste in the mouth.
20 February 2014
I wholeheartedly agree with other members comments concerning the proposed car parking charges at Wakehurst Place. It is impossible to spend less than 2 hours if one is to see and enjoy all there is to see and therefore a £10.00 charge is ridiculous and I for one will not be making any further visits. This is a shame as my wife and I have enjoyed it to date and can only assume that whoever came up with the idea has given no thought to the counter productive outcome of such a decision. Both Wakehurst and Kew stand to be worse off after April 2014. If this is extended to other NT properties then I will not be renewing my membership next year.Please think again.
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20 February 2014
How disappointing!!! My family are national trust members and love going to wakehurst, especially in the summer for a picnic with our two small boys. We won't be paying these charges, and will instead have to visit other national trust properties with free parking for members instead! Not only do we miss out but the national trust will too! I thought they wanted to make these places more accessible not less?
20 February 2014
Sadly, we will no longer be coming to Wakehurst after April... I have the NT membership so we don't have to pay for car parking... Why pay £10 when Nymans and Sheffield Park are so close? There's no realistic public transport alternative... Very sad...
20 February 2014
Sadly, we will no longer be coming to Wakehurst after April... I have the NT membership so we don't have to pay for car parking... Why pay £10 when Nymans and Sheffield Park are so close? There's no realistic public transport alternative... Very sad...
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20 February 2014
Apparently 80% of visitors are NT members, so if most of us will now not be visiting Wakehurst due to the ridiculously high car parking charges, Kew will be making an even bigger loss by losing money in the shop and cafes. It is with great sadness that our family will have to stop our regular visits. The children absolutely love it and there can't be many times we have stayed for less than 2 hours. I simply cannot justify paying £10 for each visit. We will instead be visiting Nymans and Sheffield Park instead. A real shame.
20 February 2014
How disappointing! We have been members of NT for 31 years but we will be giving Wakehurst a miss if these car parking charges go ahead. One of the perks of our joint membership (was family membership) has been free parking. It will be impossible to enjoy all Wakehurst has to offer in less than 2 hours especially as we usually browse in the shop and have lunch. Please listen to what your members and visitors are saying NT, this decision seems likely to have a far-reaching and counter productive effect....what a shame!
Abuse Reported. Comment will be reviewed and removed if necessary.
20 February 2014
This ridiculous members will just give Wakehurst a miss,The National trust will lose out because less people will go and buy tea etc and use the shop. If this extends to other property's we would probably give up our membershipThis ridiculous members will just give Wakehurst a miss,The National trust will lose out because less people will go and buy tea etc and use the shop. If this extends to other property's we would probably give up our membershipThis ridiculous members will just give Wakehurst a miss,The National trust will lose out because less people will go and buy tea etc and use the shop. If this extends to other property's we would probably give up our membershipThis ridiculous members will just give Wakehurst a miss,The National trust will lose out because less people will go and buy tea etc and use the shop. If this extends to other property's we would probably give up our membershipThis ridiculous members will just give Wakehurst a miss,The National trust will lose out because less people will go and buy tea etc and use the shop. If this extends to other property's we would probably give up our membershipThis ridiculous members will just give Wakehurst a miss,The National trust will lose out because less people will go and buy tea etc and use the shop. If this extends to other property's we would probably give up our membershipThis ridiculous members will just give Wakehurst a miss,The National trust will lose out because less people will go and buy tea etc and use the shop. If this extends to other property's we would probably give up our membershipThis ridiculous members will just give Wakehurst a miss,The National trust will lose out because less people will go and buy tea etc and use the shop. If this extends to other property's we would probably give up our membershipThis ridiculous members will just give Wakehurst a miss,The National trust will lose out because less people will go and buy tea etc and use the shop. If this extends to other property's we would probably give up our membershipThis ridiculous members will just give Wakehurst a miss,The National trust will lose out because less people will go and buy tea etc and use the shop. If this extends to other property's we would probably give up our membershipThis ridiculous members will just give Wakehurst a miss,The National trust will lose out because less people will go and buy tea etc and use the shop. If this extends to other property's we would probably give up our membership
20 February 2014
I'm sorry to say that I will not visit Wakehurst when this new parking fee is put in place.
20 February 2014
This is all very good, but you are ONLY charging N T members why?? We are of a pension age and visit sometimes twice a week thus the cost to us over the year would be over one thousand pounds why?? Thus is our NT membership no longer valid here. This is all very good, but you are ONLY charging N T members why?? We are of a pension age and visit sometimes twice a week thus the cost to us over the year would be over one thousand pounds why?? Thus is our NT membership no longer valid here. This is all very good, but you are ONLY charging N T members why?? We are of a pension age and visit sometimes twice a week thus the cost to us over the year would be over one thousand pounds why?? Thus is our NT membership no longer valid here. This is all very good, but you are ONLY charging N T members why?? We are of a pension age and visit sometimes twice a week thus the cost to us over the year would be over one thousand pounds why?? Thus is our NT membership no longer valid here. This is all very good, but you are ONLY charging N T members why?? We are of a pension age and visit sometimes twice a week thus the cost to us over the year would be over one thousand pounds why?? Thus is our NT membership no longer valid here. This is all very good, but you are ONLY charging N T members why?? We are of a pension age and visit sometimes twice a week thus the cost to us over the year would be over one thousand pounds why?? Thus is our NT membership no longer valid here. This is all very good, but you are ONLY charging N T members why?? We are of a pension age and visit sometimes twice a week thus the cost to us over the year would be over one thousand pounds why?? Thus is our NT membership no longer valid here. This is all very good, but you are ONLY charging N T members why?? We are of a pension age and visit sometimes twice a week thus the cost to us over the year would be over one thousand pounds why?? Thus is our NT membership no longer valid here. This is all very good, but you are ONLY charging N T members why?? We are of a pension age and visit sometimes twice a week thus the cost to us over the year would be over one thousand pounds why?? Thus is our NT membership no longer valid here. This is all very good, but you are ONLY charging N T members why?? We are of a pension age and visit sometimes twice a week thus the cost to us over the year would be over one thousand pounds why?? Thus is our NT membership no longer valid here. This is all very good, but you are ONLY charging N T members why?? We are of a pension age and visit sometimes twice a week thus the cost to us over the year would be over one thousand pounds why?? Thus is our NT membership no longer valid here. This is all very good, but you are ONLY charging N T members why?? We are of a pension age and visit sometimes twice a week thus the cost to us over the year would be over one thousand pounds why?? Thus is our NT membership no longer valid here. This is all very good, but you are ONLY charging N T members why?? We are of a pension age and visit sometimes twice a week thus the cost to us over the year would be over one thousand pounds why?? Thus is our NT membership no longer valid here. This is all very good, but you are ONLY charging N T members why?? We are of a pension age and visit sometimes twice a week thus the cost to us over the year would be over one thousand pounds why?? Thus is our NT membership no longer valid here.
Abuse Reported. Comment will be reviewed and removed if necessary.
20 February 2014
I simply won't visit anymore. There are plenty of other places to visit nearby. The parking charges are much too high and most unfair.I simply won't visit anymore. There are plenty of other places to visit nearby. The parking charges are much too high and most unfair.I simply won't visit anymore. There are plenty of other places to visit nearby. The parking charges are much too high and most unfair.I simply won't visit anymore. There are plenty of other places to visit nearby. The parking charges are much too high and most unfair.I simply won't visit anymore. There are plenty of other places to visit nearby. The parking charges are much too high and most unfair.I simply won't visit anymore. There are plenty of other places to visit nearby. The parking charges are much too high and most unfair.I simply won't visit anymore. There are plenty of other places to visit nearby. The parking charges are much too high and most unfair.I simply won't visit anymore. There are plenty of other places to visit nearby. The parking charges are much too high and most unfair.I simply won't visit anymore. There are plenty of other places to visit nearby. The parking charges are much too high and most unfair.I simply won't visit anymore. There are plenty of other places to visit nearby. The parking charges are much too high and most unfair.I simply won't visit anymore. There are plenty of other places to visit nearby. The parking charges are much too high and most unfair.I simply won't visit anymore. There are plenty of other places to visit nearby. The parking charges are much too high and most unfair.I simply won't visit anymore. There are plenty of other places to visit nearby. The parking charges are much too high and most unfair.I simply won't visit anymore. There are plenty of other places to visit nearby. The parking charges are much too high and most unfair.
Abuse Reported. Comment will be reviewed and removed if necessary.
20 February 2014
Please can someone let me know how you can comment on this without attending the meeting? I live locally to Wakehurst and go walks there regularly. My children love the freedom they have to explore and, since the new cafe has opened we spend more time and money there than we ever have before. I do not understand why NT members are being asked to pay such a large amount of money to park. I fear that this will have the opposite effect as every NT member I have mentioned this to so far has said that they will no longer be walking at Wakehurst Such a shame! Mrs L StroudPlease can someone let me know how you can comment on this without attending the meeting? I live locally to Wakehurst and go walks there regularly. My children love the freedom they have to explore and, since the new cafe has opened we spend more time and money there than we ever have before. I do not understand why NT members are being asked to pay such a large amount of money to park. I fear that this will have the opposite effect as every NT member I have mentioned this to so far has said that they will no longer be walking at Wakehurst Such a shame! Mrs L StroudPlease can someone let me know how you can comment on this without attending the meeting? I live locally to Wakehurst and go walks there regularly. My children love the freedom they have to explore and, since the new cafe has opened we spend more time and money there than we ever have before. I do not understand why NT members are being asked to pay such a large amount of money to park. I fear that this will have the opposite effect as every NT member I have mentioned this to so far has said that they will no longer be walking at Wakehurst Such a shame! Mrs L StroudPlease can someone let me know how you can comment on this without attending the meeting? I live locally to Wakehurst and go walks there regularly. My children love the freedom they have to explore and, since the new cafe has opened we spend more time and money there than we ever have before. I do not understand why NT members are being asked to pay such a large amount of money to park. I fear that this will have the opposite effect as every NT member I have mentioned this to so far has said that they will no longer be walking at Wakehurst Such a shame! Mrs L StroudPlease can someone let me know how you can comment on this without attending the meeting? I live locally to Wakehurst and go walks there regularly. My children love the freedom they have to explore and, since the new cafe has opened we spend more time and money there than we ever have before. I do not understand why NT members are being asked to pay such a large amount of money to park. I fear that this will have the opposite effect as every NT member I have mentioned this to so far has said that they will no longer be walking at Wakehurst Such a shame! Mrs L StroudPlease can someone let me know how you can comment on this without attending the meeting? I live locally to Wakehurst and go walks there regularly. My children love the freedom they have to explore and, since the new cafe has opened we spend more time and money there than we ever have before. I do not understand why NT members are being asked to pay such a large amount of money to park. I fear that this will have the opposite effect as every NT member I have mentioned this to so far has said that they will no longer be walking at Wakehurst Such a shame! Mrs L StroudPlease can someone let me know how you can comment on this without attending the meeting? I live locally to Wakehurst and go walks there regularly. My children love the freedom they have to explore and, since the new cafe has opened we spend more time and money there than we ever have before. I do not understand why NT members are being asked to pay such a large amount of money to park. I fear that this will have the opposite effect as every NT member I have mentioned this to so far has said that they will no longer be walking at Wakehurst Such a shame! Mrs L StroudPlease can someone let me know how you can comment on this without attending the meeting? I live locally to Wakehurst and go walks there regularly. My children love the freedom they have to explore and, since the new cafe has opened we spend more time and money there than we ever have before. I do not understand why NT members are being asked to pay such a large amount of money to park. I fear that this will have the opposite effect as every NT member I have mentioned this to so far has said that they will no longer be walking at Wakehurst Such a shame! Mrs L StroudPlease can someone let me know how you can comment on this without attending the meeting? I live locally to Wakehurst and go walks there regularly. My children love the freedom they have to explore and, since the new cafe has opened we spend more time and money there than we ever have before. I do not understand why NT members are being asked to pay such a large amount of money to park. I fear that this will have the opposite effect as every NT member I have mentioned this to so far has said that they will no longer be walking at Wakehurst Such a shame! Mrs L StroudPlease can someone let me know how you can comment on this without attending the meeting? I live locally to Wakehurst and go walks there regularly. My children love the freedom they have to explore and, since the new cafe has opened we spend more time and money there than we ever have before. I do not understand why NT members are being asked to pay such a large amount of money to park. I fear that this will have the opposite effect as every NT member I have mentioned this to so far has said that they will no longer be walking at Wakehurst Such a shame! Mrs L StroudPlease can someone let me know how you can comment on this without attending the meeting? I live locally to Wakehurst and go walks there regularly. My children love the freedom they have to explore and, since the new cafe has opened we spend more time and money there than we ever have before. I do not understand why NT members are being asked to pay such a large amount of money to park. I fear that this will have the opposite effect as every NT member I have mentioned this to so far has said that they will no longer be walking at Wakehurst Such a shame! Mrs L StroudPlease can someone let me know how you can comment on this without attending the meeting? I live locally to Wakehurst and go walks there regularly. My children love the freedom they have to explore and, since the new cafe has opened we spend more time and money there than we ever have before. I do not understand why NT members are being asked to pay such a large amount of money to park. I fear that this will have the opposite effect as every NT member I have mentioned this to so far has said that they will no longer be walking at Wakehurst Such a shame! Mrs L StroudPlease can someone let me know how you can comment on this without attending the meeting? I live locally to Wakehurst and go walks there regularly. My children love the freedom they have to explore and, since the new cafe has opened we spend more time and money there than we ever have before. I do not understand why NT members are being asked to pay such a large amount of money to park. I fear that this will have the opposite effect as every NT member I have mentioned this to so far has said that they will no longer be walking at Wakehurst Such a shame! Mrs L StroudPlease can someone let me know how you can comment on this without attending the meeting? I live locally to Wakehurst and go walks there regularly. My children love the freedom they have to explore and, since the new cafe has opened we spend more time and money there than we ever have before. I do not understand why NT members are being asked to pay such a large amount of money to park. I fear that this will have the opposite effect as every NT member I have mentioned this to so far has said that they will no longer be walking at Wakehurst Such a shame! Mrs L Stroud
20 February 2014
I sympathise with you wanting to raise more funds but this simply means we will not be visiting. Our NT membership was a godsend when the children were young and you could pile in the car, get here and know there was nothing to pay. you could bring sandwiches or treat yourself to cafe food. Not only that but what if you mistime a walk, or get lost, or linger over a walk? A time limit on parking is a disappointing idea unless you pay on exit. Knowing it will cost will mean we will no longer visit and since its our nearest NT location, I can genuinely see us realising we haven't used our membership enough and decide to cancel our lifelong family NT membership altogether. I am really sad about this. I sympathise with you wanting to raise more funds but this simply means we will not be visiting. Our NT membership was a godsend when the children were young and you could pile in the car, get here and know there was nothing to pay. you could bring sandwiches or treat yourself to cafe food. Not only that but what if you mistime a walk, or get lost, or linger over a walk? A time limit on parking is a disappointing idea unless you pay on exit. Knowing it will cost will mean we will no longer visit and since its our nearest NT location, I can genuinely see us realising we haven't used our membership enough and decide to cancel our lifelong family NT membership altogether. I am really sad about this. I sympathise with you wanting to raise more funds but this simply means we will not be visiting. Our NT membership was a godsend when the children were young and you could pile in the car, get here and know there was nothing to pay. you could bring sandwiches or treat yourself to cafe food. Not only that but what if you mistime a walk, or get lost, or linger over a walk? A time limit on parking is a disappointing idea unless you pay on exit. Knowing it will cost will mean we will no longer visit and since its our nearest NT location, I can genuinely see us realising we haven't used our membership enough and decide to cancel our lifelong family NT membership altogether. I am really sad about this. I sympathise with you wanting to raise more funds but this simply means we will not be visiting. Our NT membership was a godsend when the children were young and you could pile in the car, get here and know there was nothing to pay. you could bring sandwiches or treat yourself to cafe food. Not only that but what if you mistime a walk, or get lost, or linger over a walk? A time limit on parking is a disappointing idea unless you pay on exit. Knowing it will cost will mean we will no longer visit and since its our nearest NT location, I can genuinely see us realising we haven't used our membership enough and decide to cancel our lifelong family NT membership altogether. I am really sad about this. I sympathise with you wanting to raise more funds but this simply means we will not be visiting. Our NT membership was a godsend when the children were young and you could pile in the car, get here and know there was nothing to pay. you could bring sandwiches or treat yourself to cafe food. Not only that but what if you mistime a walk, or get lost, or linger over a walk? A time limit on parking is a disappointing idea unless you pay on exit. Knowing it will cost will mean we will no longer visit and since its our nearest NT location, I can genuinely see us realising we haven't used our membership enough and decide to cancel our lifelong family NT membership altogether. I am really sad about this. I sympathise with you wanting to raise more funds but this simply means we will not be visiting. Our NT membership was a godsend when the children were young and you could pile in the car, get here and know there was nothing to pay. you could bring sandwiches or treat yourself to cafe food. Not only that but what if you mistime a walk, or get lost, or linger over a walk? A time limit on parking is a disappointing idea unless you pay on exit. Knowing it will cost will mean we will no longer visit and since its our nearest NT location, I can genuinely see us realising we haven't used our membership enough and decide to cancel our lifelong family NT membership altogether. I am really sad about this. I sympathise with you wanting to raise more funds but this simply means we will not be visiting. Our NT membership was a godsend when the children were young and you could pile in the car, get here and know there was nothing to pay. you could bring sandwiches or treat yourself to cafe food. Not only that but what if you mistime a walk, or get lost, or linger over a walk? A time limit on parking is a disappointing idea unless you pay on exit. Knowing it will cost will mean we will no longer visit and since its our nearest NT location, I can genuinely see us realising we haven't used our membership enough and decide to cancel our lifelong family NT membership altogether. I am really sad about this. I sympathise with you wanting to raise more funds but this simply means we will not be visiting. Our NT membership was a godsend when the children were young and you could pile in the car, get here and know there was nothing to pay. you could bring sandwiches or treat yourself to cafe food. Not only that but what if you mistime a walk, or get lost, or linger over a walk? A time limit on parking is a disappointing idea unless you pay on exit. Knowing it will cost will mean we will no longer visit and since its our nearest NT location, I can genuinely see us realising we haven't used our membership enough and decide to cancel our lifelong family NT membership altogether. I am really sad about this. I sympathise with you wanting to raise more funds but this simply means we will not be visiting. Our NT membership was a godsend when the children were young and you could pile in the car, get here and know there was nothing to pay. you could bring sandwiches or treat yourself to cafe food. Not only that but what if you mistime a walk, or get lost, or linger over a walk? A time limit on parking is a disappointing idea unless you pay on exit. Knowing it will cost will mean we will no longer visit and since its our nearest NT location, I can genuinely see us realising we haven't used our membership enough and decide to cancel our lifelong family NT membership altogether. I am really sad about this. I sympathise with you wanting to raise more funds but this simply means we will not be visiting. Our NT membership was a godsend when the children were young and you could pile in the car, get here and know there was nothing to pay. you could bring sandwiches or treat yourself to cafe food. Not only that but what if you mistime a walk, or get lost, or linger over a walk? A time limit on parking is a disappointing idea unless you pay on exit. Knowing it will cost will mean we will no longer visit and since its our nearest NT location, I can genuinely see us realising we haven't used our membership enough and decide to cancel our lifelong family NT membership altogether. I am really sad about this. I sympathise with you wanting to raise more funds but this simply means we will not be visiting. Our NT membership was a godsend when the children were young and you could pile in the car, get here and know there was nothing to pay. you could bring sandwiches or treat yourself to cafe food. Not only that but what if you mistime a walk, or get lost, or linger over a walk? A time limit on parking is a disappointing idea unless you pay on exit. Knowing it will cost will mean we will no longer visit and since its our nearest NT location, I can genuinely see us realising we haven't used our membership enough and decide to cancel our lifelong family NT membership altogether. I am really sad about this. I sympathise with you wanting to raise more funds but this simply means we will not be visiting. Our NT membership was a godsend when the children were young and you could pile in the car, get here and know there was nothing to pay. you could bring sandwiches or treat yourself to cafe food. Not only that but what if you mistime a walk, or get lost, or linger over a walk? A time limit on parking is a disappointing idea unless you pay on exit. Knowing it will cost will mean we will no longer visit and since its our nearest NT location, I can genuinely see us realising we haven't used our membership enough and decide to cancel our lifelong family NT membership altogether. I am really sad about this. I sympathise with you wanting to raise more funds but this simply means we will not be visiting. Our NT membership was a godsend when the children were young and you could pile in the car, get here and know there was nothing to pay. you could bring sandwiches or treat yourself to cafe food. Not only that but what if you mistime a walk, or get lost, or linger over a walk? A time limit on parking is a disappointing idea unless you pay on exit. Knowing it will cost will mean we will no longer visit and since its our nearest NT location, I can genuinely see us realising we haven't used our membership enough and decide to cancel our lifelong family NT membership altogether. I am really sad about this. I sympathise with you wanting to raise more funds but this simply means we will not be visiting. Our NT membership was a godsend when the children were young and you could pile in the car, get here and know there was nothing to pay. you could bring sandwiches or treat yourself to cafe food. Not only that but what if you mistime a walk, or get lost, or linger over a walk? A time limit on parking is a disappointing idea unless you pay on exit. Knowing it will cost will mean we will no longer visit and since its our nearest NT location, I can genuinely see us realising we haven't used our membership enough and decide to cancel our lifelong family NT membership altogether. I am really sad about this.
20 February 2014
So ... £2 for one hour £5 for 2 hours? So what you are wanting is a short stay car-park. Do you want everyone to visit for less than an hour? Why not do a fixed rate per hour - capped at £10 a day.
20 February 2014
Wakehurst place has been one of the 'gems' of our NT membership. Although a considerable drive away from our respective homes,we enjoyed the chance to walk and wander in the grounds at all times of the year. We have introduced our children and their offspring to the delights - and challenges- of Wakehurst. In the warmer months we take our time , visit favourite areas and relax with a picnic . In the future, if proposals for car park charges go ahead. Another £10 will be added to the cost of petrol for each visit. A'short' visit to Wakehurst is just not a practical consideration . We would strongly urge Kew and the National trust to look at alternative ways of raising the income. There will be many many disappointed and disillusioned people both young and old if this proposal goes aheadWakehurst place has been one of the 'gems' of our NT membership. Although a considerable drive away from our respective homes,we enjoyed the chance to walk and wander in the grounds at all times of the year. We have introduced our children and their offspring to the delights - and challenges- of Wakehurst. In the warmer months we take our time , visit favourite areas and relax with a picnic . In the future, if proposals for car park charges go ahead. Another £10 will be added to the cost of petrol for each visit. A'short' visit to Wakehurst is just not a practical consideration . We would strongly urge Kew and the National trust to look at alternative ways of raising the income. There will be many many disappointed and disillusioned people both young and old if this proposal goes aheadWakehurst place has been one of the 'gems' of our NT membership. Although a considerable drive away from our respective homes,we enjoyed the chance to walk and wander in the grounds at all times of the year. We have introduced our children and their offspring to the delights - and challenges- of Wakehurst. In the warmer months we take our time , visit favourite areas and relax with a picnic . In the future, if proposals for car park charges go ahead. Another £10 will be added to the cost of petrol for each visit. A'short' visit to Wakehurst is just not a practical consideration . We would strongly urge Kew and the National trust to look at alternative ways of raising the income. There will be many many disappointed and disillusioned people both young and old if this proposal goes aheadWakehurst place has been one of the 'gems' of our NT membership. Although a considerable drive away from our respective homes,we enjoyed the chance to walk and wander in the grounds at all times of the year. We have introduced our children and their offspring to the delights - and challenges- of Wakehurst. In the warmer months we take our time , visit favourite areas and relax with a picnic . In the future, if proposals for car park charges go ahead. Another £10 will be added to the cost of petrol for each visit. A'short' visit to Wakehurst is just not a practical consideration . We would strongly urge Kew and the National trust to look at alternative ways of raising the income. There will be many many disappointed and disillusioned people both young and old if this proposal goes aheadWakehurst place has been one of the 'gems' of our NT membership. Although a considerable drive away from our respective homes,we enjoyed the chance to walk and wander in the grounds at all times of the year. We have introduced our children and their offspring to the delights - and challenges- of Wakehurst. In the warmer months we take our time , visit favourite areas and relax with a picnic . In the future, if proposals for car park charges go ahead. Another £10 will be added to the cost of petrol for each visit. A'short' visit to Wakehurst is just not a practical consideration . We would strongly urge Kew and the National trust to look at alternative ways of raising the income. There will be many many disappointed and disillusioned people both young and old if this proposal goes aheadWakehurst place has been one of the 'gems' of our NT membership. Although a considerable drive away from our respective homes,we enjoyed the chance to walk and wander in the grounds at all times of the year. We have introduced our children and their offspring to the delights - and challenges- of Wakehurst. In the warmer months we take our time , visit favourite areas and relax with a picnic . In the future, if proposals for car park charges go ahead. Another £10 will be added to the cost of petrol for each visit. A'short' visit to Wakehurst is just not a practical consideration . We would strongly urge Kew and the National trust to look at alternative ways of raising the income. There will be many many disappointed and disillusioned people both young and old if this proposal goes aheadWakehurst place has been one of the 'gems' of our NT membership. Although a considerable drive away from our respective homes,we enjoyed the chance to walk and wander in the grounds at all times of the year. We have introduced our children and their offspring to the delights - and challenges- of Wakehurst. In the warmer months we take our time , visit favourite areas and relax with a picnic . In the future, if proposals for car park charges go ahead. Another £10 will be added to the cost of petrol for each visit. A'short' visit to Wakehurst is just not a practical consideration . We would strongly urge Kew and the National trust to look at alternative ways of raising the income. There will be many many disappointed and disillusioned people both young and old if this proposal goes aheadWakehurst place has been one of the 'gems' of our NT membership. Although a considerable drive away from our respective homes,we enjoyed the chance to walk and wander in the grounds at all times of the year. We have introduced our children and their offspring to the delights - and challenges- of Wakehurst. In the warmer months we take our time , visit favourite areas and relax with a picnic . In the future, if proposals for car park charges go ahead. Another £10 will be added to the cost of petrol for each visit. A'short' visit to Wakehurst is just not a practical consideration . We would strongly urge Kew and the National trust to look at alternative ways of raising the income. There will be many many disappointed and disillusioned people both young and old if this proposal goes aheadWakehurst place has been one of the 'gems' of our NT membership. Although a considerable drive away from our respective homes,we enjoyed the chance to walk and wander in the grounds at all times of the year. We have introduced our children and their offspring to the delights - and challenges- of Wakehurst. In the warmer months we take our time , visit favourite areas and relax with a picnic . In the future, if proposals for car park charges go ahead. Another £10 will be added to the cost of petrol for each visit. A'short' visit to Wakehurst is just not a practical consideration . We would strongly urge Kew and the National trust to look at alternative ways of raising the income. There will be many many disappointed and disillusioned people both young and old if this proposal goes aheadWakehurst place has been one of the 'gems' of our NT membership. Although a considerable drive away from our respective homes,we enjoyed the chance to walk and wander in the grounds at all times of the year. We have introduced our children and their offspring to the delights - and challenges- of Wakehurst. In the warmer months we take our time , visit favourite areas and relax with a picnic . In the future, if proposals for car park charges go ahead. Another £10 will be added to the cost of petrol for each visit. A'short' visit to Wakehurst is just not a practical consideration . We would strongly urge Kew and the National trust to look at alternative ways of raising the income. There will be many many disappointed and disillusioned people both young and old if this proposal goes aheadWakehurst place has been one of the 'gems' of our NT membership. Although a considerable drive away from our respective homes,we enjoyed the chance to walk and wander in the grounds at all times of the year. We have introduced our children and their offspring to the delights - and challenges- of Wakehurst. In the warmer months we take our time , visit favourite areas and relax with a picnic . In the future, if proposals for car park charges go ahead. Another £10 will be added to the cost of petrol for each visit. A'short' visit to Wakehurst is just not a practical consideration . We would strongly urge Kew and the National trust to look at alternative ways of raising the income. There will be many many disappointed and disillusioned people both young and old if this proposal goes aheadWakehurst place has been one of the 'gems' of our NT membership. Although a considerable drive away from our respective homes,we enjoyed the chance to walk and wander in the grounds at all times of the year. We have introduced our children and their offspring to the delights - and challenges- of Wakehurst. In the warmer months we take our time , visit favourite areas and relax with a picnic . In the future, if proposals for car park charges go ahead. Another £10 will be added to the cost of petrol for each visit. A'short' visit to Wakehurst is just not a practical consideration . We would strongly urge Kew and the National trust to look at alternative ways of raising the income. There will be many many disappointed and disillusioned people both young and old if this proposal goes aheadWakehurst place has been one of the 'gems' of our NT membership. Although a considerable drive away from our respective homes,we enjoyed the chance to walk and wander in the grounds at all times of the year. We have introduced our children and their offspring to the delights - and challenges- of Wakehurst. In the warmer months we take our time , visit favourite areas and relax with a picnic . In the future, if proposals for car park charges go ahead. Another £10 will be added to the cost of petrol for each visit. A'short' visit to Wakehurst is just not a practical consideration . We would strongly urge Kew and the National trust to look at alternative ways of raising the income. There will be many many disappointed and disillusioned people both young and old if this proposal goes aheadWakehurst place has been one of the 'gems' of our NT membership. Although a considerable drive away from our respective homes,we enjoyed the chance to walk and wander in the grounds at all times of the year. We have introduced our children and their offspring to the delights - and challenges- of Wakehurst. In the warmer months we take our time , visit favourite areas and relax with a picnic . In the future, if proposals for car park charges go ahead. Another £10 will be added to the cost of petrol for each visit. A'short' visit to Wakehurst is just not a practical consideration . We would strongly urge Kew and the National trust to look at alternative ways of raising the income. There will be many many disappointed and disillusioned people both young and old if this proposal goes ahead
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20 February 2014
How disgusting. I visit Waehurst regularly, I shan't be any more.
19 February 2014
Visitor numbers will plummet. The National Trust should terminate Kew's lease at the earliest opportunity.
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19 February 2014
I think this is a real shame especially for long term supporters of The National Trust. I can understand the need to charge for parking in some way but these costs seem very excessive. It is not as though there are many other attractions nearby that people will be going to visit whilst using Wakehursts carpark. Day tickets make it an already quite expensive day out so I am glad that these people will not be expected to pay however I am a member of The National Trust and having lives in the area
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19 February 2014
I love Wakehurst Place. I purchased NT membership mainly to visit Wakehurst but now I discover that if I wish to visit in the future I'm going to have to pay to park my car. And I'll have to pay £10 if I want to spend more than 2 hours there. SO DISAPPOINTED. I can see the restaurant sales dropping dramatically and people going elsewhere where they are not held to ransom if they drive there. What are the alternatives to driving? There isn't even a footpath beside the road for access. You've just taken a reasonably priced family outing and turned it into something unaffordable.
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19 February 2014
The price is completely unreasonable - I would have been happy to help support if you'd asked for a reasonable amount. Most people will want to stay longer than 2 hours. For now, I'll just park on the road outside and walk in. Then, if you move to stop that, I'll just stop going.
19 February 2014
My wife and I have been NT members for years and Wakehurst is our favourite local location. We often visit just to use the restaurant, have a nice lunch and then a walk. The amount we spend is circa £20 per trip, this is on top of our membership. We often buy plants, the quality is excellent, but now, with this new and dare I say extortionate parking fees, we will no longer visit. We will have to gain value from our membership from Nymans or Chartwell and in the long run review the benefit of NT membership. This is a bad decision on your part. The cost, £5 for two hours is madness in the extreme...
19 February 2014
As an NT member who is a regular visitor with a toddler I think the proposed charge for 2 hours is a little excessive to say the least! Who can get a four year old with no sense of direction or urgency around your beautiful land within an hour!! You will simply drive NT members away to Nymans and Standen making these as overcrowded as you must believe you are now. We will reconsider our weekly visits, and may have to reconsider NT membership!
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19 February 2014
Disgraceful, what are you thinking! Wakehurst Place is already astronomically expensive?
19 February 2014
This is absolutely ridiculous. The proposed charges are extortionate and I shall simply stop visiting Wakehurst. I currently visit once a week but will have to go elsewhere in future. I am extremely disappointed that Kew's greed has effectively blocked me from visiting a place I love and have visited for 37 years.
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19 February 2014
This is really surprising and disappointing news. As lifetime NT members we wouldn't expect this and fear many people will now not visit the gardens. Would urge you to seriously reconsider.
19 February 2014
You have got to be kidding. If you have ever been to Wakehurst you will know that no one goes into Kew on the right, everyone in fact goes left into the property and gardens. Wakehurst has been far too expensive for the past couple of years and this is just too far now. This greed puts me off the National Trust. Please listen guys, this is a terrible mistake you are making. Have you seen Facebook, it's not good news for you.
19 February 2014
I think this is disgusting. No one goes to see the seed bank, they go to enjoy the property and a walk. The prices for entry are already too high and now you expect people to spend £5 as most will be longer than an hour. I'm a member and Wakehurst is my closest Trust place and now it will be the one I avoid. I am absolutely incensed by this and will be shouting very loudly about it. I work for one of the largest independent companies in Europe and tomorrow this will be posted about on my intranet. The Trust keep placing charges on properties for things and it's just a step too far.
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19 February 2014
I think these charges will be counterproductive. They are too high and will deter visitors.
19 February 2014
Absolutely ridiculous we pay for season tickets to then be charged to park not only that to be charged an extortionate parking fee! I think yhithis is going to limit families from visiting as it's expensive to park
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19 February 2014
Were NT members consulted about this?? Such a shame and most likely keep people away, and push up visitors at Nymand and Sheffield Park.
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19 February 2014
That is such a shame. We, and many other local families visit often, sometimes once a week in the summer. We use our NT membership to get in, and support the work in the gardens through our food and shop purchases. we can't and won't add an extra £10 parking fee to each trip, a visit is expensive enough as it is! It is a great shame because I've always chosen wakehurst over the local NT properties simply because im familiar with it, but we won't be anymore. I hope you've taken this into account in your modelling, because it would be a shame to see your income and visitor numbers drop.
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19 February 2014
Given the level of charges, who would visit this large site for less than several hours,we would not visit Wakefield Place and they will loose the revenue from our spending in the shop and restaurant.
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19 February 2014
You will not be seeing us at Wakehurst after 31/3/2014, and you will therefore not benefit from our use of café, restaurant and shop. £10 a day to park is extortion.
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19 February 2014
The pricing of your parking bands is ridiculous, many people like myself come to Wakehurst Place for a walk and lunch. The charge of £5 for two hours gives people no time so they will be forced to spend £10 for a day ticket. I for one will not be spending either as I will not visit Wakehurst Place again and I suspect many people will feel the same, so you will lose substantial spend in your shop and cafes. Goodbye Wakehurst PlaceThe pricing of your parking bands is ridiculous, many people like myself come to Wakehurst Place for a walk and lunch. The charge of £5 for two hours gives people no time so they will be forced to spend £10 for a day ticket. I for one will not be spending either as I will not visit Wakehurst Place again and I suspect many people will feel the same, so you will lose substantial spend in your shop and cafes. Goodbye Wakehurst PlaceThe pricing of your parking bands is ridiculous, many people like myself come to Wakehurst Place for a walk and lunch. The charge of £5 for two hours gives people no time so they will be forced to spend £10 for a day ticket. I for one will not be spending either as I will not visit Wakehurst Place again and I suspect many people will feel the same, so you will lose substantial spend in your shop and cafes. Goodbye Wakehurst PlaceThe pricing of your parking bands is ridiculous, many people like myself come to Wakehurst Place for a walk and lunch. The charge of £5 for two hours gives people no time so they will be forced to spend £10 for a day ticket. I for one will not be spending either as I will not visit Wakehurst Place again and I suspect many people will feel the same, so you will lose substantial spend in your shop and cafes. Goodbye Wakehurst PlaceThe pricing of your parking bands is ridiculous, many people like myself come to Wakehurst Place for a walk and lunch. The charge of £5 for two hours gives people no time so they will be forced to spend £10 for a day ticket. I for one will not be spending either as I will not visit Wakehurst Place again and I suspect many people will feel the same, so you will lose substantial spend in your shop and cafes. Goodbye Wakehurst PlaceThe pricing of your parking bands is ridiculous, many people like myself come to Wakehurst Place for a walk and lunch. The charge of £5 for two hours gives people no time so they will be forced to spend £10 for a day ticket. I for one will not be spending either as I will not visit Wakehurst Place again and I suspect many people will feel the same, so you will lose substantial spend in your shop and cafes. Goodbye Wakehurst PlaceThe pricing of your parking bands is ridiculous, many people like myself come to Wakehurst Place for a walk and lunch. The charge of £5 for two hours gives people no time so they will be forced to spend £10 for a day ticket. I for one will not be spending either as I will not visit Wakehurst Place again and I suspect many people will feel the same, so you will lose substantial spend in your shop and cafes. Goodbye Wakehurst PlaceThe pricing of your parking bands is ridiculous, many people like myself come to Wakehurst Place for a walk and lunch. The charge of £5 for two hours gives people no time so they will be forced to spend £10 for a day ticket. I for one will not be spending either as I will not visit Wakehurst Place again and I suspect many people will feel the same, so you will lose substantial spend in your shop and cafes. Goodbye Wakehurst PlaceThe pricing of your parking bands is ridiculous, many people like myself come to Wakehurst Place for a walk and lunch. The charge of £5 for two hours gives people no time so they will be forced to spend £10 for a day ticket. I for one will not be spending either as I will not visit Wakehurst Place again and I suspect many people will feel the same, so you will lose substantial spend in your shop and cafes. Goodbye Wakehurst PlaceThe pricing of your parking bands is ridiculous, many people like myself come to Wakehurst Place for a walk and lunch. The charge of £5 for two hours gives people no time so they will be forced to spend £10 for a day ticket. I for one will not be spending either as I will not visit Wakehurst Place again and I suspect many people will feel the same, so you will lose substantial spend in your shop and cafes. Goodbye Wakehurst PlaceThe pricing of your parking bands is ridiculous, many people like myself come to Wakehurst Place for a walk and lunch. The charge of £5 for two hours gives people no time so they will be forced to spend £10 for a day ticket. I for one will not be spending either as I will not visit Wakehurst Place again and I suspect many people will feel the same, so you will lose substantial spend in your shop and cafes. Goodbye Wakehurst PlaceThe pricing of your parking bands is ridiculous, many people like myself come to Wakehurst Place for a walk and lunch. The charge of £5 for two hours gives people no time so they will be forced to spend £10 for a day ticket. I for one will not be spending either as I will not visit Wakehurst Place again and I suspect many people will feel the same, so you will lose substantial spend in your shop and cafes. Goodbye Wakehurst PlaceThe pricing of your parking bands is ridiculous, many people like myself come to Wakehurst Place for a walk and lunch. The charge of £5 for two hours gives people no time so they will be forced to spend £10 for a day ticket. I for one will not be spending either as I will not visit Wakehurst Place again and I suspect many people will feel the same, so you will lose substantial spend in your shop and cafes. Goodbye Wakehurst PlaceThe pricing of your parking bands is ridiculous, many people like myself come to Wakehurst Place for a walk and lunch. The charge of £5 for two hours gives people no time so they will be forced to spend £10 for a day ticket. I for one will not be spending either as I will not visit Wakehurst Place again and I suspect many people will feel the same, so you will lose substantial spend in your shop and cafes. Goodbye Wakehurst PlaceThe pricing of your parking bands is ridiculous, many people like myself come to Wakehurst Place for a walk and lunch. The charge of £5 for two hours gives people no time so they will be forced to spend £10 for a day ticket. I for one will not be spending either as I will not visit Wakehurst Place again and I suspect many people will feel the same, so you will lose substantial spend in your shop and cafes. Goodbye Wakehurst Place
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19 February 2014
I would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M ThorpeI would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M ThorpeI would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M ThorpeI would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M ThorpeI would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M ThorpeI would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M ThorpeI would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M ThorpeI would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M ThorpeI would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M ThorpeI would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M ThorpeI would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M ThorpeI would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M ThorpeI would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M ThorpeI would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M ThorpeI would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M ThorpeI would like to make a comment on the idea of parking charges, I do not think this will make you money but actually you will loose many visitors who will not want to pay especially for very high prices you predict they will be. We for one will not visit and pay to park as I am sure many others wont. You need people to visit in order to make money not discourage them. There must be a better way to raise money. Regards M Thorpe
19 February 2014
I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.I feel the introduction of car parking charges especially as described is a bad idea. Kew income is obviously linked to visitor numbers already from shop and cafe income. Setting charges at 1,2 or per day means that any serious visitor would need to pay the day charge or risk.? Wheel clamping / excess charge.? Neither of these make for a relaxing visit to a beautiful garden. As a Trust member since 1978 and a visitor to wakehurst from before that I would much prefer the introduction of a reduced charge for national Trust members. I also think that some prior discussion would have been good, rather than announcing it.
18 February 2014
I'm very dissapointed about this decision. I understand that Kew needs to raise funds but punative car parking charges are not the answer. The tea room is frankly dreadful, with little provision for dietary requirements. I would gladly eat there, knowing that some of the profits go towards upkeep of the gardens, but the food is dreadful- stale cakes, poor choice and long queues caused by slow staff. National trust tea rooms are generally excellent and can even be a reason to visit a property! Sort out the tea room and keep the car park free please.
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18 February 2014
We are members of the NT and are retired. We will no longer be able to visit Wakehurst if these parking charges are brought in. We have always spent money in the cafe, shop or garden centre when we have visited but will not any longer .
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18 February 2014
I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.I am a National Trust member and am not happy about paying to park my car at Wakehurst. Therefore will not be on my visit list anymore. There are plenty of other N.T properties around instead.
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18 February 2014
I'm very disappointed to see that car parking charges are being introduced especially as these charges are excessive. £5 parking for 2 hrs and £10 for anything over is more expensive than most town centre shopping areas. Hopefully this is not going to be something that will be rolled out to other sites.
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18 February 2014
Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit? Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit? Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit? Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit? Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit? Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit? Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit? Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit? Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit? Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit? Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit? Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit? Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit? Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit? Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit? Proposed charges are a bit steep and the time boundaries are not very customer friendly. Would prefer 0-2hrs £2.00, 2-4hrs £5.00, over 4hrs £10. Incidentally, do the National Trust make a payment to Wakehurst for each members visit?
18 February 2014
Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time Why are the meetings only being held in working hours surely to get a fuller picture of people's feelings towards the introduction of the car fees that it would be advantageous to also hold an evening meeting therefore giving everyone a chance to speak. Personally I think a fee of £5 for 2 hours is very steep and I will think twice of visiting as I regularly come to walk around your grounds and therefore am usually parked for at least that time
Abuse Reported. Comment will be reviewed and removed if necessary.
18 February 2014
Wow, I'm staggered. This will actively drive people away. I'm a member of Borde Hill and The National Trust but I very much doubt I will pay £10 to park here. I shall stick to other fantastic gardens in the area. I expect this will drive many people away.
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18 February 2014
We think the introduction of such high parking fees for NT members will be financially counter productive for the following reasons: a) It will discourage those just wishing to visit the shop or tearooms, so will result in a decrease in income there b) NT members will be less likely to visit if they have to pay this additional parking charge - you would need to spend at least 2 hours to properly visit the house and gardens, and £10 for more than 2 hours seems excessive. This reduced footfall will result in fewer visitors to the shop and restaurants as well. c) the charges seems very discouraging to visitors generally, as if Wakehurst does not wish to share their work with the wider public, but merely wishes to extract as much money from them as possible.
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18 February 2014
5£ for two hours??? It was our favourite place to go. Well, it's time to choose a new favourite from big national trust list...
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18 February 2014
Wakehurst Place is one of our favourite places to visit via our National Trust membership but probably wont visit again or very often. Quite often meet up with friends here for the day so would cost us £30 between three cars plus ice creams and drinks etc, so not really viable. happy to pay a charge but most people will be there longer than two hours so will end up paying £10.
18 February 2014
The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again. The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again. The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again. The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again. The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again. The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again. The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again. The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again. The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again. The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again. The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again. The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again. The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again. The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again. The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again. The proposed parking charges are too high. I would not object to paying,but as a pensioner would find this amount impossible. Love going to Wakehurst but would not be able to do so. Iam sure this would affect a lot of people. Please think again.
18 February 2014
As a member of the over 65' club, and the NT at this moment in time I would resent paying a £10 parking fee for a afternoon at Wakehurst, so it looks like goodbye Wakehurst.
Abuse Reported. Comment will be reviewed and removed if necessary.
18 February 2014
£10 per day for NT members is far too high. I used to bring my family regularly, and we'd usually spend at least £40 in the shop or restaurant each time. Now we'll be going to other NT properties instead. I am sure you will see a big fall in visitor numbers, and income from the shop and restaurant.
18 February 2014
As a local resident and frequent visitor I have to say how outraged I am at the level of the proposed parking charges. I will certainly have to think twice about visiting in future.Surely some other method can be found to raise revenue {e.g. a small increase to the NT membership charge}.

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