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Jeskyns Community Woodland, Gravesend, increasing car park fees

A country park is increasing its car parking prices for the first time in two years.

Jeskyns Community Woodland, which is managed by Forestry England in Gravesend, made the decision due to the "recent increases in running costs" across its 360 acres of woodlands, meadows and orchards.

Jeskyns Community Woodland. Stock Image
Jeskyns Community Woodland. Stock Image

A spokesman said: "As some of you may be aware, our car parking prices have stayed the same for the last two years.

"Unfortunately, Forestry England have not been immune to the recent increases in running costs, so our outgoings have become much larger.

"This is why there will be a small increase to our parking prices which will apply from April 1 onwards."

The new charges will see parked cars having to pay £1.60 for an hour – previously £1.50 – and £2.70 for two hours, which was previously £2.50.

For cars parking at the site all day the price will increase from £3.50 to £3.60.

Inside Jeskyns Park, Cobham, Gravesend. Picture: Simon Hildrew
Inside Jeskyns Park, Cobham, Gravesend. Picture: Simon Hildrew

Coaches and horseboxes were previously charged £6 but this has now risen to £6.50.

Jeskyns' yearly membership cost has also increased from £38 to £40.

The spokesman added: "The income we make from our car park is vital to ensuring that the ranger team can look after Jeskyns.

"It also goes towards paying for any maintenance and improvement works that enhance your experience and make the site safe and enjoyable for everyone.

"We wouldn't be able to do what we do without you, so from the rangers at Jeskyns, we would like to say a big thank you for visiting us over the years and also for your understanding."

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