Glenn Howells Architects builds 300m platform through listed arboretum
The UK's longest treetop walkway has opened at the Grade I listed Westonbirt Arboretum in the south Cotswolds.
Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, the platform is 300m long, beginning and ending at ground level for accessibility, and rising to a height of 13m.
A crow's nest wrapped around a black pine tree offers a great vantage point to take in the landscape, while a section of meshed flooring allows close-up inspection of the branches. Seven interactive hotspots will provide more information on the trees and wildlife, and there's a rope bridge for kids to swing across.
Materials have been chosen to minimise the visual impact of the structure: timber legs that will weather naturally and a light but strong steel balustrade.
Westonbirt is home to 15,000 tree specimens. Information on how to visit here