The RSPB has officially opened its first canopy walkway at Coombes Valley. The ribbon was cut by three RSPB volunteers who had helped with the preparations for the new rope bridge, which takes visitors up to a viewing platform in the treetops.
The walkway has been designed for family fun and offers fantastic views down the valley. It can be used without harnesses, lanyards or staff supervision, which means families, can enjoy a safe and unique self-guided experience in the canopy of the reserve’s beautiful upland oak wood.
The RSPB were grateful to receive a grant from the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership (CVLLP) to build the walkway as part of a new natural play trail in Coombes Valley’s young woodland plantation. The play trail has been well-received by visitors, with many families enjoying the new fairy house village, storytelling circle, den building and more.
Mel Brown, Site Manager at RSPB Coombes, said:
“We are so delighted to officially open our brilliant new canopy walkway. The project would not have been possible without the support from CVLLP, or our fantastic volunteers, who have created the new footpaths to the walkway, and construction contractor J M Adventure.”
And Peter, aged 7, said:
“The canopy walkway is so bouncy and so much fun I went on it three times in a row!”