Park Wants Visitors To Leave Cell Phones & Car Keys Behind

There are plenty of ways that cell phones are helping environmentalism, but they can also be a distraction and even an addiction.

Especially when we are in the wild.

That’s why New Forest National Park in southern England is trying out a new scheme—called the Tech Creche—to help visitors to take a break from their gadgets and really start to enjoy the world around them.

Located at the nearby Brockenhurst rail station, the tech creche allows visitors to leave computers, cell phones, iPads and even car keys with the New Forest Travel Concierge, providing an open top bus for travel to the park itself. For families who are concerned that their younger members—or adults for that matter—will get cold feet on the day of the visit, you can download promise vouchers for grown ups and children alike.

In case you need even more incentive to leave the phone behind, tech creche users are also rewarded with free entry into a prize draw for a one-night zen spa escape break.

Written by Sami Grover, TreeHugger.

Photo Credit: Thinkstock


Magdalena J.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you!

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H3 years ago

I am one who is seldom without my cell in case of emergency but if I am in special areas it is always off. It annoys me to no end those who cannot live without the almighty cell to text and talk constantly all the while missing the whole purpose of why they are there in the first place. Parks should be enjoyed; not annoyed.

Carole R.
Carole R3 years ago


Charmaine C.
Charmaine C3 years ago

Thank you.

simon r.
Simin R3 years ago

Take phone for emergencies but keep it switched off! More silence from you humans please. (This message is sponsored by the 'Please leave us alone' campaign supported by all wild critters and birds in every undeveloped space across the entire planet).

Francesca A-S
Past Member 3 years ago

Sounds like a good idea, it's easy to get over-reliant on technology.

Patti Ruocco
Patti Ruocco3 years ago

Definitely have people turn them off!! But the safety aspect of having cell phones available in emergencies is huge...I guess it depends on the safety issues in that particular park---

Debbie S.
Past Member 3 years ago

I've been living just fine without ever having one, besides I can't talk on them. I get electrical shocks up my arm and in to my ear. So many haven't a clue how lame they look and are missing out on life for a little device, I think it is very sad.

Ron G.
Ron G3 years ago

I feel that the tracking aspect of having these on person outweighs the thought of forcing people to enjoy the parks. If they are not there to do it before they get there, it will make no difference except that the unattentive attendee of the park is more likely to need tracking for injury or just plain getting lost. Other then that, throw the darn things in the garbage as far as I'm concerned.

Dave C.
David C3 years ago