Easing our parking problems

It’s arguably not a bad problem to have, but running out of parking space during our larger events has been an issue for some time at the Battle of Britain Memorial.

Now, though, the problem is set to be eased, with the installation of a plastic mesh that will allow the Trust to use areas for occasional overspill parking while allowing grass to grow through it to keep the site’s natural look.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust has worked hard to build up the site, from the unveiling of the National Memorial to the Few by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1993 through to this year’s re-opening of Hunting Lodge as a library and resource centre.

The site’s increasing importance as a place of pilgrimage and of learning has seen its popularity continue to grow, with our exciting Wing visitor centre and Scramble Experience adding to the pressure on parking spaces, particulary during big events such as Memorial Day, which is now just under three weeks away.

As a charity, the Trust has to spend its resources wisely, and the mesh surface was seen as the most cost-effective way of providing good access to overspill parking areas without the cost of creating and surfacing a permanent new facility.


Richard Hunting, Nick Lawn, Sophy Gardner, Robin Green, site manager Jules Gomez and Patrick Tootal inspect the new surface.

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