Tree-top attraction destroyed by winds

Daily Echo: The activity course in Harewood Forest The activity course in Harewood Forest

A HAMPSHIRE activity tourist attraction which pulled in more than 20,000 users last year has been devastated by the winds of the weekend.

Treerunners in Harewood Forest, between Winchester and Andover, is out of action but owner Ben Emley is optimistic and stoical about the damage.

“About 60 per cent of the platforms are down but we hope to be up and running again in May.

“The new course will give users a new experience. What happened was a natural event and we have plenty of trees here.”

The wet winter weather is to blame, he says.

“The trees came down because of the extremely wet winter weather, which loosened the soil and then we had a very very strong wind,” added Ben “I was shocked when I first saw what happened, everything was on its side like a beached whale.”

While Ben may be able to salvage some of the platforms and links and use them for the new course many of them are cut to fit individual trees at the tree top high rope activity centre and will have to be replaced.

The attraction opened in March 2012 and has proved popular with local schools as well as scout groups and families.

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6:37pm Wed 19 Feb 14

eurogordi says...

Tourist Attraction? Never heard of it until today!
Tourist Attraction? Never heard of it until today! eurogordi

7:09pm Wed 19 Feb 14

mickey01 says...

eurogordi wrote:
Tourist Attraction? Never heard of it until today!
nor me i always visited the other branch
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Tourist Attraction? Never heard of it until today![/p][/quote]nor me i always visited the other branch mickey01

8:39pm Wed 19 Feb 14

owiseone says...

Not FIR me rather have BEECH and sOAK in the wASH
Not FIR me rather have BEECH and sOAK in the wASH owiseone

8:40pm Wed 19 Feb 14

forest hump says...

mickey01 wrote:
eurogordi wrote:
Tourist Attraction? Never heard of it until today!
nor me i always visited the other branch
It's quite poplar. Regulars will be pining at its closure
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Tourist Attraction? Never heard of it until today![/p][/quote]nor me i always visited the other branch[/p][/quote]It's quite poplar. Regulars will be pining at its closure forest hump

9:04pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Oh my goodness says...

mickey01 wrote:
eurogordi wrote:
Tourist Attraction? Never heard of it until today!
nor me i always visited the other branch
Lol that's funny
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Tourist Attraction? Never heard of it until today![/p][/quote]nor me i always visited the other branch[/p][/quote]Lol that's funny Oh my goodness

9:04pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Reality-man says...

I'd imagine if you owned it you'd Go Ape
I'd imagine if you owned it you'd Go Ape Reality-man

9:36pm Wed 19 Feb 14

wwozzer says...

I must say his stoicism is treemendous
I must say his stoicism is treemendous wwozzer

4:24am Thu 20 Feb 14

sasmike says...

I never heard of it either, maybe the echo is barking up the wrong tree !
I never heard of it either, maybe the echo is barking up the wrong tree ! sasmike

12:05am Fri 21 Feb 14

Dave Of The South says...

Did he have any weeping willows when he saw the damage?
Did he have any weeping willows when he saw the damage? Dave Of The South

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