How scanning your membership card helps the places you love

Visitors walking out of the car park at Heddon Valley, Devon

We’re pleased to offer members free parking at hundreds of places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. And now, you can give back to the countryside, beaches and forests you care about each time you park your vehicle.

When you park, you’ll be asked to scan your National Trust membership card at one of our pay and display machines. Scanning helps us to understand how the places we look after are being used, and allocate funds so that they can be enjoyed by everyone. These funds can help to keep the place tidy, introduce new facilities or pay for important conservation work.

On the North Cornwall coast, members are helping to improve the environment for both wildlife and visitors. Thanks to their scanning, habitats are being created to attract birds to this wildly beautiful landscape, while regular beach cleans are keeping the golden sands safe and tidy. We’re also improving visitor facilities, like toilets, and maintaining footpaths so that everyone can continue to access this much-loved stretch of coastline.

Nearby, at Lanhydrock, members have helped us fund a project to improve the environment for bees – simply by scanning their cards.

Mike Simmonds, North Cornwall Lead Ranger, surveying the coast
North Cornwall Lead Ranger Mike Simmonds surveying on the coast
Mike Simmonds, North Cornwall Lead Ranger, surveying the coast

Thanks to your scanning, we're able to invest in the places that are special you, and ensure they are looked after for generations to come.