Parking charges to be introduced at Leigh Woods in Bristol for the first time

For the first time, Leigh Woods in Bristol will be charging visitors to park at the site.

At peak times, the car park has suffered from over capacity and complaints of inconsiderate parking.

Forestry England, which owns and manages the area, says it's necessary to introduce charges from this summer "to encourage more sensible parking".

Leigh Woods is popular with dog walkers and cyclists. Credit: ITV News West Country

The exact amounts and timescales have not yet been confirmed but the machines will be cash free and will only accept card payments.

Regular visitors can purchase a membership pass and will receive free parking for a year.

The money generated from these charges will go back into the cost of managing the woodland.