What a great way to kick off the month. The news arrived via email on a cold Thursday morning – we’ve been named the Rural Business of the Year in Amazon’s Growing Business Awards. We realised we’d been growing rapidly these last few years, but we just had to double check the math (30 gorilla suits x 61 activities ÷ 2,000 bananas… yup, we’ve definitely come a long way.)
As we’ve grown, we’ve been able to offer accessible adventure to more people around the UK and now in the USA. We’ve encouraged more people than ever to get out and live life adventurously – and we’re chuffed to bits about that. We’re proud of how many Tarzans and Janes have been able to swing through our trees and we hope to keep growing to bring more adventures to more places.
Here’s what the Go Ape co-founders and Chief Gorillas, Tristram and Rebecca Mayhew, had to say:
“It’s a tree-mendous feeling to be judged Britain’s Best Rural Business, based on Go Ape’s mission, vision and values, and to be recognised for environmental and social responsibility.
Go Ape has always been about creating adventures and encouraging everyone to live life adventurously. We campaign to keep the ‘adventure’ in adventure and encourage “I can’t” to become “I can!”, believing that zero risk results in zero development.
But the thing we feel most proud about is being able to create hundreds and hundreds of worthwhile, rewarding jobs and careers, supporting rural communities – which don’t normally grow on trees.
Live life adventurously!”
And we’re not finished yet!
Not even a little bit. Keep watching this space to hear about our new adventures we have coming your way. The next adventure we’re welcoming into our tribe…. Go Ape Alexandra Palace. Find out more here and don’t forget you can sign up to the Gorilla Newsbeat to hear the latest tribe news.