Parking charges came into effect yesterday for visitors to Ashdown Forest.
Ashdown Forest managers say they have experienced increasing numbers of visitors and decreasing levels of funding for some years. The result means they are less able to conserve the Forest and provide open and safe public access.
Parking revenues will be used to improve facilities such as maintaining car parks and paths, responding to fly tipping incidents, and managing wildfires. Charges range for £2 for an hour to £5 for all day parking. An annual pass is also available at a cost of £80 which covers two cars from the same household.
Day visitors can pay using various parking apps, calling the Pay by Phone line, by cash at the Forest Centre or using one of the two machines at the Forest Centre to pay by card.
Concessions are available.