Essex County Council owns eight country parks and a heritage site, which are located throughout the county.
The council manages the sites for the benefit of the residents of the county, providing access to a range of open spaces, woodland trails and historic parklands.
The country parks also include a range of environments for rare and important plants and animals.
Essex County Council ensures that the country parks protect and encourage these environments.
Autumn and winter car parking
From 1 October to 31 December Essex Country Parks is offering visitors a £10 car parking ticket.
The ticket can be purchased online at visitparks.co.uk
or at one of the Country Parks Visitor Centres.
To ensure that information on activities is accessible to the public and to promote the country parks sites, the Visit Parks website has been created. Each country park has its own page within the site, where information including details of facilities, car parking charges and admission charges (where appropriate) can be found. They are:
If you would like to find the location of your nearest Country Park, visit Find My Nearest and enter your postcode. Many additional parks, particularly in urban areas, can be found by contacting your local district and borough council, who are responsible for their maintenance.
Essex County Council ensures that each site is as accessible as possible, and provides information about accessibility as part of the Visit Parks website. There is also a range of educational opportunities across the country parks, which can be accessed via the website. To find out about all the events that take place across the country parks, visit the events page on the country parks website.
For further information about the Country Parks please contact us on 0845 603 7624.