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Westonbirt canopy walkway opens to visitors

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nTreetops1605The STIHL Treetop Walkway at the Westonbirt National Arboretum in Gloucestershire officially opened to visitors on 27th April.

Offering spectacular views across the arboretum landscape, access to the walkway is included in the cost of admission.

As reported in April’s New Steel Construction magazine, the walkway incorporates 180t of structural steelwork that was chosen for its durability and lightweight attributes.

The main walkway is step-free, making it accessible to visitors on foot, using mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs and to those with dogs on leads. It is 300m-long and gradually rises on gentle inclines to a height of 13m.

Visitors can now experience stunning new views and discover more about Westonbirt’s world-renowned collection of 15,000 trees from high above the ground.

There are seven interactive hotspots to give visitors of all ages the chance to get up-close with nature and learn more about the fascinating world of trees.

The walkway’s route follows a serpentine path through the trees and along the contours of the site into the leafy canopy. Each season of the year will reveal new views and new experiences of trees and nature.

Working on behalf of the client, the Forestry Commission and main contractor Speller Metcalfe, S H Structures fabricated, supplied and erected the project’s steelwork.

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