Go Ape is the multi-award-winning provider of high rope adventure courses which enable people of all ages to experience an adventure high up in the tree canopy. The traditional ‘Tree Top Adventure’ courses are designed for anyone over 10-year-old, but recently, Go Ape have developed a more compact course aimed primarily at younger children, to open up the activity to a wider audience.
In April they sought permission to establish further activities and improve some of its current infrastructure, including the installation of a ‘Tree Top Junior’ high ropes course. Their application stated that “despite the recreational facilities on offer, Go Ape has found that families with younger children are often disappointed after enquiring about the Tree Top Adventure course, as it is not suitable for anyone under 10-year-old. It is with this in mind that Go Ape has designed a new high wire adventure course for use by children with Haldon Forest”.
This month Teignbridge District Council planners approved the plans to make the activity open to a wider group. The ‘Tree Top Junior’ is a high ropes course specifically aimed at 6-12 year olds and will be next to the existing Go Ape ‘Tree Top Adventure’.
Council officers said that the proposed development would extend the existing outdoor recreational facility to make it available for a wider group, therefore promoting healthy communities. They added that “taking into account the design, scale and location of the proposed works, as well as potential increased visitor numbers, the development would not have a significant effect on the area or protected species”. Now approved, plans are expected to swing into gear at Go Ape’s Haldon Forest Park in Devon this year.
Source: Devon Live