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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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18 February 2014
I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan I do not like the additional charges to park at Wakehurst Place. The cost seems very steep to park, this could deter visitors. After all, members of the NT have already paid through their membership fees. Will this mean that in time all properties will be charging a parking fee? Susan
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18 February 2014
It's impossible to visit Wakehurst for 1 hour, unlikely for 2, so really you are suggesting a parking fee of £10 to visit. have a meal etc !
18 February 2014
As a member of both the RHS and Life member of NT I have to say that whilst I sympathise with your financial predicament I think the imposition of a parking charge at Wakehurst is against everything the two organisations represent. Consider for a moment why having driven to your estate (there is little option for alternate access methods) a customer who joined the NT and has "paid" for their parking at most other NT sites suddenly finds he can have "free" entry but not if he comes by car as you penalise him for visiting by imposing a charge. No doubt both organisation will satisfy themselves that as they maintain the "free entry" element then they can like the LA's all over the country now charge for access to their hallowed ground for the purpose of parking the only form of transport available to them. This is nothing other than a car users "tax" and I suspect will be used by the NT in particular to justify introducing "parking" charges for members at other NT locations in the name of "fairness" - of course we all understand the pressures placed upon the NT/Kew but at your peril fleece those whom you rely upon most ie your members!
18 February 2014
Curious as to why anyone would 'like' this story... When's the consultation meeting for people who have the jobs to pay for this parking?
18 February 2014
As a frequent visitor to Wakehurst Place I am very disappointed to hear of the imminent car parking charge.I think that to charge for parking is a poor decision and will probably result in a significant fall in visitor numbers in the future.A great shame.
18 February 2014
Well, no longer will I be able to afford a cuppa and a stroll at Wakehurst. I wonder, if others like me will stop coming to this lovely place and therefore the total income will fall. Seems like a self defeating move at these high parking charges.
18 February 2014
Bet the residents of Ardingly will be pleased with people parking all along that main road all day. Look what happened at the hospital in Haywards Heath and the parking is about 1/3 of that! Madness.
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18 February 2014
You won't have many visitors then apart from the people that are too tight to buy National Trust membership and just buy a season ticket. Bet they don't spend as much in your shop/cafe/on donations. £5 for 2 hours?? Criminal.
18 February 2014
What a shame that local residents who have supported the NT for years with a full membership will then be penalised with realistically a minimum of £5 parking charge per visit on top of their annual fees and exorbitant coffee and cake prices. Why on earth should the people who pay for the annual wakehurst season ticket be exempt? Part of the reason we pay for membership of the NT is that it includes garden visits AND parking (as advertised on the website). Personally I'd rather pay a slightly higher annual fee than charges like this creep in. How disappointing and short sighted. Looks like the coffee and cake money will be spent at Nymans and Sheffield Park from April. Also what about a meeting at a weekend for the people with jobs to have an opportunity to join the discussion?
18 February 2014
Monday lunchtime is a completely unreasonable time to hold public meetings on this subject. Does Kew hope that National Trust members won't be able to turn up to complain about this disgraceful decision to gouge them for £10 per visit?
18 February 2014
hopefully, those with disability badges will still be able to park for free? i have no problems with car parking charges, as long as they remain within reasonable limits....
18 February 2014
Why will it cost more to stay for 2 hours, than 2 separate hours? Don't you want people to stay for long?
18 February 2014
Fully agree with a small charge on the door (not car parking) of say £1 for NT visitors. Car parking charge will discriminate against single or two visitors and as such are excessive. There are plenty of NT places in the area to visit and I think this move will result in a drop in visitors and consequential reduction in takings in cafe and plant sales. Foot and shot in come to mind
18 February 2014
£5. For 3 hours would be more realistic as this would also allow tine for refreshments after a walk. You might lose money in the cafeteria otherwise.
18 February 2014
I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them. I think this decision is short sighted. People who visit for just a coffee or a meal or even to do some shopping will go elsewhere to another NT garden, there are a number in in the vicinity of Wakehurst. Regular visitors will also go elsewhere for there walk. I will certainly not be visiting again. Far to expensive to park. Give Kew there marching orders I am sure you can do without them.
18 February 2014
I am a National Trust member and unfortunately will be giving Wakehurst Place a miss once they start adding on car parking charges. In effect we are being charged entrance in addition to paying our National Trust membership as there is no choice but to drive. £10 a day is crazy. There are plenty of other National Trust places close by where car parking is free. What a shame as we loved Wakehurst Place but with car park charges it just makes it unaffordable
18 February 2014
I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.I am hugely disappointed that these charges have been introduced , and specifically that they will apply to members. Also, given that a decision has already been made I see little point in holding consultation sessions which would seem to be nothing more than a damage limitation exercise given the anticipated negative reaction to the decision. I have enjoyed visiting Wakehurst for many years and like most people are only able to do so by car. I would never spend less than 2 hours enjoying the facilities as it is some distance from home - so this would now cost £10 a time. I already pay a full joint membership subscription and I for one am not prepared to pay more than 10% extra per visit just to park the car. Whilst I understand the reasons behind this move I am unsympathetic with the solution. I also wonder what is in store for many other NT properties that are encouraged to maximise income. What research has been conducted for example to determine the likely effect it will have on visitor numbers and thus income from catering and retail areas of the site? Personally, I will not be paying the £10 parking fee simply because I cannot afford it. I will visit other premises instead. A sad day indeed.
18 February 2014
Whilst we understand the problem, the level of charges is excessive. I cannot think what you can do in one hour except visit the shop. Even 2 hours will give little time in the garden once you have walked down the slope. So effectively the cost is £10 per visit. With many National Trust gardens around we will visit them and spend money in their cafes and shops rather than a Wakehurst.
18 February 2014
You should be more realistic on your charges how can you possibly justify £10 per day??
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18 February 2014
I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.! I am a Life Member of Nat. Trust. I feel that £10 is rather a high sum to have to pay for a visit. In order to explore adequately it will take more that 2 hours so that £10 will be the fee demanded.!
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18 February 2014
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18 February 2014
What a rip-off. The prices of £5.00 will now exclude me and my family from Wakehurst. Perhaps I will be offered a refund on my membership? Elitist behaviour like this is abhorrent. I am sure that efficiency savings could raise more and allow common folk to retain access to Wakehurst.
18 February 2014
Whilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim CoulsonWhilst we all understand the needs for funds to both protect and develop our heritage sites the sum of £10 per day as a pensioner is too much. My family have visited Wakehurst on and off for some 20 years and I feel we give enough as a membership and in buying from the cafés and shop facilities too. I urge you to reconsider your fees at least to reflect the reduced income of older people which we are. Thank you Tim Coulson
18 February 2014
Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.Being local, and a NT member, we typically take three hours to walk the whole way round, then have a drink and look around the shop. Having to pay the £10 for a whole day will mean we visit Agree with the need to contribute but £6 for four hours would place the fee in the same category as other car parks.
18 February 2014
Wakehurst is fairly local so frequent visits have been nice in past but at £5 for a couple of hours on top of not very cheap NT membership costs will rule this location out! I hope this is not a sign of things to come in NT.
18 February 2014
As a national trust member we visit Wakehurst Place several times through out the year, usually ending in coffee and cake or lunch in your cafe. With the new parking charges we will now be pushed to come and visit when there are many other national trust places locally without the surcharge. What a shame as we use to love coming here
18 February 2014
Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.Probably won't be staying for a coffee or a trip around the shop now! These charges make Brighton look cheap. £2 for two hours, £5 per day would be reasonable.
8 April 2014
In view of the changes why isn't it possible to buy membership to Wakehurst online?
7 April 2014
Hope the car park charges are going to keep the loos clean. Last time I visited they were a disgrace. When I complained at the desk all they said was, What do u expect.Weve had lots of visiters today. Think there be a lot less visitors in the future. Luckily weve got Nymans and Sheffield Park to go to.Think thewould be trying to encourage visitors,not drive them away.
6 April 2014
Greedy, greedy, greedy!!! You have lost my custom.
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2 April 2014
I gave my daughter and family membership of National Trust to help out with finances for school holidays. My daughter cannot afford the £10 per day parking charge, so thats it she will not visit and as I am a member too, neither will I. You have not condidered how much £10 means to families.
2 April 2014
If Wakehurst receives no contribution of NT member subscriptions then where does these monies get allocated to ??? ....
2 April 2014
Sir ... it is with much sadness that I read such negative comments regarding the proposed car parking charges at Wakehurst .... I have been a member for most of my married life ( 30 years ) and have visited the beautiful gardens on numerous occasions ... I am extremely unhappy by these proposals and will find it difficult to justify paying a £10 fee to park for the day and continue paying an ever increasing annual subscription. I have heard, un-posted, comments by some members who suggest that they will not return to Wakehurst which I find very sad.
2 April 2014
While I can understand Kew wanting to raise extra money, the parking charge of £10 to visit (I assume that over 2 hours it will be that) means it is no longer viable to go for a walk and a cup of tea and cake. As a National Trust member with 2 children in Sussex I will now go for my walk at either Nymans or Sheffield park where strangely I can do my walk and get a cup of tea and cake without paying £10. This is possibly why the National Trust has agreed to this as they have more to gain from it. Maybe £1 or £2 parking would have kept us visiting. My farewell trip will be Saturday, thanks for the memories.
1 April 2014
Spent some time giving considered comments on proposals which never appeared on this site. What was the point of taking the time to comment on these proposals if you dont post them. Obviously you are filtering out the largely negative comments
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30 March 2014
My mother and I regularly visit Wakehurst on a lifetime NT ticket. While there we usually spend about £100 on coffee, a meal, plants and items from the gift shop. I am extremely disappointed that Kew/NT cannot divide this money up in a reasonable way and, instead, choose to penalise NT members who arrive by car. This feels like a very "London" decision. In Sussex, we do not have much public transport. Also, parking charges of £10 for a day are almost unheard of and, quite frankly, feel like a rip off. In my opinion, there has been much unnecessary expenditure over the last few years ranging from sculptures whose novelty swiftly wears off to the extremely ugly concrete roof added to the restaurant. I'm not saying that we will never visit Wakehurst again but there are plenty of other gardens that we can visit where we will not be confronted by barriers and punitive charges.
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28 March 2014
Spoke with staff at Wakehurst today as everyone knows me now,appears the Season tickets are going well. However you will have to sell thousands to make up for all the money being spent on the new car park barriers. I've noticed that no further feed back has been shown since the first two meetings,I suppose the remaining three all went the same way? Many people I've spoken too really feel sorry for Andy Jackson who has shown he really cares for Wakehurst Place, others like myself thought the other two directors were very arrogant and gave trust members very little sympathy. It's about time the head of the trust took control of the situation before this website,Facebook,twitter and Trip Advisor become full of bad comments.
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28 March 2014
Hi Patrick. In response to your question, we have recently relaunched the Kew website and are still in the process of migrating some content, including many comments, from the old system to the new one. We are hoping to reinstate all the comments originally on this page as soon as possible.
27 March 2014
If the charges had been more reasonable people would happily pay, but £10 for the day is exorbitant. We will not be visiting Wakehurst again.
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27 March 2014
Margaret - As I understand it from all that has been said, this is a levy on Cars (and ? motorbikes). If you were to get there by Public Transport and did not need to park a vehicle, then your NT membership (if you have one) will still get you in for no additional payments.
27 March 2014
Ray - I couldn't make the meeting due to not being around the corner and work commitments. I wish I could have attended though. As a Life Member a very large membership fee has already been paid to the National Trust (and now it is over £1,400), whilst your suggestion might be more palatable to the "very" locals who visit a number of times a month, I would take issue with this still. My feeling is that if they perhaps were to offer this as an option, but also introduce a £1 or £1.50 flat parking fee for whatever the duration, then those visiting would be unlikely to drop significantly. Anything short of this though i.e. current proposals I fear will be totally counter productive and end up being urgently revisited in the next two years, as numbers and general takings hugely fall.
27 March 2014
WRONG - I was informed by the National Trust representative on the Membership desk, when I visited Wakehurst in the last couple of weeks, that the NT "DO" pay for one and a half people to work there. I believe these may be gardeners, but I can't be sure. I tiny tiny proportion of the total staff needed to upkeep the whole place though - as we both know. Hence our memberships must go indirectly to fund these 1.5 staff.
27 March 2014
Please see my detailed comment on Facebook, which I sincerely hope NT Head Office will draw Sir Simon Jenkins' attention to. It can be found here at https://www.facebook.com/nationaltrust/posts/10152276542528586 David Freeman. National Trust Life Member
17 March 2014
To: Chairman, Sir Simon Jenkins National Trust, and Chairman Marcus Agius of RBG Kew, Dear Sirs, WAKEHURST CAR PARK CHARGES - DUE TO BE IMPOSED APRIL 2014 We would like to register our protest against the car park charges in the strongest possible terms. National Trust Members pay Membership Fees and therefore contribute funding to Wakehurst Place and all other National Trust properties. If Kew's allocation of the funding is inadequate I suggest Kew's activities be amended/curtailed &/or Kew modifies/gives up their lease so that N.T. can keep Wakehurst's expenditure under control without the imposition of this 'scam' car park charge. Some Wakehurst visitors will no doubt seek to escape the Wakehurst car park charges by parking in Ardingly Village. Is it is sensible and fair to the general public in the area, particularly the population in Ardingly who will experience extra cars etc. being parked in their village? No doubt some visitors will park on the main road (Selsfield Road B2028) near to Wakehurst creating a potentially dangerous hazard to Highway users especially cyclists. We also ask you to take into account the many 'protest comments', including those expressed on 'Trip Adviser' regarding this outrageous car park charge 'scam'. Yours sincerely, Mr G. & Mrs C. Norton National Trust Members
17 March 2014
In answer to the comment by Mr and Mrs Norton, " National Trust Members pay membership fees and therefore contribute funding to Wakehurst". WRONG. Not one penny of membership fees received by the National Trust from its members is paid to Wakehurst.
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24 March 2014
One proposal at tonight's meeting for a car parking season ticket for locals set at £10-12 would work,we already have our entry free with NT and don't need to buy the Wakehurst season ticket. You have annoyed and upset many local people with lack of consultation and this would at least give you some respect back.
20 March 2014
Where have all the comments gone? There were over 230, I would like to read them.
18 March 2014
What about those of us who use public transport to visit and are National Trust members, you made no mention of this option? Surely we would not be expected to pay?
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