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Go Ape’s 30 chosen charities

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From small non-profits to worldwide organisations, charities play an important part in every community. They rely on donations from people like us to help change lives for the better, whatever that may entail.

Now, we don’t want to sound like we’re preaching here, but we strongly believe that everyone should do their bit for charity. Even a small gesture or donation could go on to have a huge impact on someone’s life.

From day dot, we have worked alongside some fantastic charities and we’re immensely proud of being able to give something back. This is not something we do to look impressive or win you over – we do it simply because we care and think it’s the right thing to do.

Doing our bit for the community

Last year was one of our strongest years to date in terms of money raised. We donated more than £103k in cash and gift vouchers to charities, also delivering a cheque for £58,472 to our chosen charity, the Outward Bound Trust, which uses the great outdoors to help develop young people from all walks of life.

This year, we’re focusing on local charities. A total 30 of our sites (including Banana HQ) have paired up with a dedicated, local charity, which they’ll support throughout the year by planning activities to raise money as well as awareness.

The Tribe here at Banana HQ are supporting Inspire Suffolk; a charity recognised and valued for working with young people experiencing severe disadvantage and social instability. Every day, the charity helps young people overcome challenges and get back into employment and further training.

Many of our charities are aimed at supporting people suffering from conditions such as cancer, visual impairment and depression; while others support people with disabilities through a range of initiatives, such as organising fun, rewarding and sociable group activities for them to embark on.

We also support charitable organisations like the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust and Buxton Mountain Rescue, which do fantastic jobs of caring for sick and injured people, making sure they receive timely treatment.

If you’re planning to hang out at Go Ape any time soon, feel free to chat to our tribe about the things they do in the name of their chosen charity.

Time to do your bit

In 2017, we’re repeating last year’s pledge to give away £35,000 worth of Go Ape gift vouchers. You can request some of these vouchers by completing our online form, and they can be used by local charities, and in fundraising auctions and raffles.

We receive thousands of applications and unfortunately, we can’t support everybody. We like to focus on local causes located near to our courses first and foremost, and we don’t support animal or overseas charities. Please read the full terms and conditions before applying as we’d hate to waste your time.

If we all do our bit for charity – whether it’s donating cash or getting involved in a fundraiser – then we think the world would be a better, happier place for all.

Accolades aplenty for Aberfoyle!

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Amazing Aberfoyle

We always knew our Tribe at Aberfoyle were doing a sterling job (get it – because they’re in Stirlingshire? Sorry…) BUT we’re happy to share that their hard work has been officially recognised. They’ve scooped a couple of awards recently – the first from VisitScotland, who added them to a prestigious group of just 25 Scottish businesses that have so far been named a five-star Activity Centre.

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Congratulations to Action Glen and Highland Fling Bungee for getting to the finals at the Scottish Thistle Awards – Scottish tourism’s equivalent of the Oscars. Go Ape will now join other regional winners at the glittering national finals in Edinburgh on March 11.

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We’ve got our fingers crossed, guys!

If you haven’t yet visited Aberfoyle come join us and enjoy two to three hours in the trees taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings.

Go Ape Aberfoyle is home some of the longest Zip Wires in Britain, it really is in a league of its own. At a dizzying 120ft high and 426 metres long the grand finale at our first Scottish adventure is an exhilarating and memorable experience!

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Planting a legacy – how much you raised!

Trees for Cities and Go Ape

In December we worked in partnership with Trees for Cities to find a way we could help their incredible organisation to help breathe life into urban neighbourhoods – with your help we raised over £9,000!

Tree Top Junior in WinterFor those weather-hardy family and friends that braced the wintry weather and enjoyed Tree Top Junior in December we gave £2 from each booking to Trees for Cities.

“Who are Trees for Cities?”, we hear your ask…

Trees for Cities aim is to help create greener cities. Working on an international scale they work to inspire children to grow and eat good food and connect with nature. Their focus on planting trees and greening community spaces helps to make the air cleaner and transform grey, unused community spaces into vibrant green areas.

We caught up with David Elliot, Chief Executive at Trees for Cities to find out why every donation is important:

“We are thrilled that through our partnership with Go Ape we have successfully raised over £9,000 which will be put towards planting trees in cities across the UK.

With an escalating urban population it is paramount that we get children outside, active and connecting with trees and nature. But, we have fewer trees and less green space than ever before, making it increasingly difficult to give children the access to nature that they require.

By using this money to plant new trees in our cities, we are leaving a lasting legacy for the children of today and tomorrow.”

Sustainability of the environment is a huge focus for everyone at Go Ape, from ensuring no damage to the trees on our courses to creating a habitat for wildlife in the materials we use.

Find out more about how Go Ape is working towards protecting the UK’s green spaces.

Go Ape for Trees for Cities

Trees for Cities and Go Ape

One tree, two tree, three tree, four – let’s plant some more!

Winter Activities for KidsAt Go Ape, we’re all about the trees. They’re the foundations of our business (literally – our Tree Top Adventure couldn’t happen without them and our Forest Segway Experience would be pretty forest-less without some trees in the mix).

Anyway, last week was National Tree Week (hurray!), and we want to encourage you to show the trees you know and love how much you appreciate them – that’s right, give your favourite tree a hug!

This year, National Tree Week was between 26th November and 4th December. Launched way back when (in 1975), National Tree Week is the largest tree celebration all year and kicks off the start of winter tree planting season.

But why not extend National Tree Week?

If you’ve ever wanted to plant a tree, or you just want to help out, then this is the time. Until 18th December, when you treat your little monkeys to a Tree Top Junior experience we’ll donate £2 from every booking to our friends at Trees for Cities!

Winter is a wonderful time to explore the tree tops with your kids no matter how frosty it is outside. Grab those coats, wrap up with a scarf and pack your gloves for an adventure that will keep you warm as you navigate the obstacles and crossings. As a treat, why not celebrate afterwards with a warming hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows!)

Who are Trees for Cities?

Tree Top Junior in WinterSince 1993, Trees for Cities have encouraged over 70,000 people to plant over 600,000 urban trees in parks, streets, schools and housing estates across the UK, all with the aim of creating greener cities worldwide.

Autumn is a rough time for trees. They dress up their leaves in their prettiest outfits and then they just fall to the ground and get trodden on by oblivious passers-by.

And don’t even get me started on winter – those poor naked trees standing out in the cold. So it’s important that you do everything you can to help the lil (or big) fellas out.

Trees are friends

Trees aren’t just part of the backdrop; they are living, breathing creatures. Trees are part of our wonderful ecosystem. Breathe in, breathe out. We need their Oxygen and they need our CO2. The trees are doing it, too (OK, OK, so trees don’t breathe in the traditional sense).

“One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. So while you might think that tree over there isn’t doing much at all, just busy being a tree, you’d be wrong. Beneath its cool, laid back exterior, trees are working pretty darn hard. They even remove nasty fluff and stuff hanging in the air – from dust to carbon monoxide, they intercept these baddies and then (our friend) the rain washes them away. Wahoo! Go team!

So be a friend and enjoy an adventure like no other to help out your local treescape, book a Tree Top junior experience.

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