Work to start soon on raised canopy walkway
Work will begin soon on a raised wood and steel walkway at the National Arboretum, at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire.
Scheduled for completion by the end of the year, and sponsored by tool manufacturer Stihl GB, the Treetop Walkway represents the final element of a major five-year development project at the National Arboretum, which also includes a new car park and visitors’ centre, together with the restoration of listed downland landscape, which was completed in 2014.
Glenn Howells Architects, which designed the new visitor centre, won a separate competition to design the 300m-long walkway, which will meander through the arboretum’s tree canopy at a height of up to 13.5m above the ground.
The walkway is designed to echo the contours of the land, and to provide step-free access into Silk Wood, for use by mobility scooters, wheelchair users and pushchairs.
The National Arboretum is just west of the Cotswold town of Tetbury. The historic, Victorian picturesque landscape and internationally important tree and shrub collection are managed by the Forestry Commission and supported by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum charity.