Making Badbury Rings fit for the future
For over 30 years the National Trust has cared for Badbury Rings and welcomed many thousands of people to enjoy hilltop views and wildlife walks. Visitors are enjoying family days out, walking their dog and taking in the historical significance of this iron-age hill fort.
More and more people are coming to Badbury Rings – delighting in its beautiful open spaces and enjoying some precious leisure time there. But to take care of this special place well into the future, the Trust needs to plan ahead and look after it carefully. Given the importance of the area, great care will be taken over any conservation of the land and protection of its wildlife.
Badbury Rings is close to people’s hearts’ – memories of family holidays, grand days out, quiet moments or simply running wild. Many of those who enjoy Badbury Rings are already members of the National Trust and so actively support its work, but to help finance this future work non-members will be asked to pay a parking fee of £1 for two hours or £3 for the day. All the money given will go directly to support local conservation work. Car parking charges have been in place at Badbury Rings since December 2016.
Nigel Chalk, National Trust Outdoor Manager at Kingston Lacy, said: ‘We’re committed to conserving and caring for Badbury Rings forever and for everyone. But if we do not act now Badbury Rings could become a victim of its own success – more and more people are choosing to visit which is terrific, but we still need to ensure that we have the funds available to protect this historic and beautiful iron age hill fort and are able to carry out the necessary conservation work required.
’If we want everyone to enjoy this special place then we need to address the inevitable wear and tear and make Badbury Rings fit for the future and for future generations.’