Why are we asking you to scan your membership card at Headley Heath?

Woman removing child's wellies from the back of a car

Why is it so important to scan your card in the car park when parking is free? Every time you scan your membership card here, the Headley Heath team receives £2 from our central funds to invest in the property. This simple act can make a huge difference to our work.

Revenue from car parking makes a vital contribution to our work in caring for our special places, and all vehicles in our car parks should display a valid ticket from the machine. 

Members: Please remember to scan your membership card on every visit. Each card scanned earns us £2 from our central fund to invest here, helping us to do more for this special place now and in the future. This is very similar to the approach in gated properties (such as Polesden Lacey) where your card is scanned on entry. Please remember to display the parking ticket in your vehicle, so we don’t bother you with a reminder. The car sticker is a show of support for the National Trust, but it no longer grants you free parking in itself. This system changed in 2017 when the machines with scanners were introduced.

This simple act brings a huge benefit to the site and means we have more money to invest in the things you enjoy.

Non-members: Please pay for your stay. You can use coins at the machine or you can pay using RingGo on your mobile phone. If you are a regular visitor then why not join and get car parking for free? You can sign up at our Shepherd’s Hut at Box Hill or the Visitor Den at Hindhead. Join before 1st March to avoid the annual price rises.

Finally, each scanned card allows us to get a reliable insight into visitor numbers which helps with planning so we can provide the quality of facilities that you expect.

How is the money spent?

With growing numbers of visitors year on year our expenditure is also increasing, including areas of cost such as:

  • Investment in improving our sites: better visitor facilities, providing more paths, picnic benches and play areas; spending on habitat renewal; protecting vulnerable wildlife such as dormice, butterflies, bumblebees and wildflowers
  • Regular maintenance of things such as fencing, benches, equipment, car park surfaces and buildings
  • Clean-up operations – not only removing litter and dog poo but unfortunately also dealing with problems such as dumped vehicles, fly-tipping and vandalism.

Thank you for your ongoing support.