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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.

Monkey around at Bracknell’s Fun Day

Go Ape Kids Parties

Ronan and his merry monkeys invite you and your Tribe to a family fun day at Go Ape, Bracknell.

On Saturday 6th August, Ronan and his Bracknell Tribe will be hosting a charity fun day event between 10am and 4pm. Swing by the Go Ape cabin and join in on the festivities. There’ll be lots to keep your little monkeys entertained, including:

  • Cake stalls
  • Teas and coffees
  • Face Painting
  • Lots of fun!

You may be wondering why Go Ape have swapped tree tops for muffin cups, well, every year we choose a charity to raise money for. In 2016, we’re raising money for the Outward Bound Trust, an educational charity that helps 9-24 year olds from all walks of life, get out in the great outdoors and experience life-changing adventures.

The day will be completely free to attend, all we ask is that you make a small donation in exchange for the activities, to help us raise money for The Outward Bound Trust.

 

Experience Go Ape

If you’re planning on spending the whole day in the forest, there are lots of other Go Ape activities on offer at Bracknell too. Bracknell is one of our leafy locations that offers 3 Go Ape adventures in one beautiful forest:

  • Tree Top Adventure – the classic 2-3-hour adventure for ages 10+ (over 1.4m tall)
  • Forest Segways – Epic segway safari trails around the breath-taking forest (for ages 10+ and over 7 stone)
  • Tree Top Junior – brand new course for 2016, it’s all the fun of the classic Tree Top Adventure designed especially for mini-explorer’s over 1m tall

 

There really is something for the whole family.

We hope you can swing by and monkey around with us for the day!

 

The important stuff

  • When: Saturday 6th August 2016
  • Where: Go Ape, Bracknell, The Look Out, Nine Mile Road, Bracknell, RG12 7QW
  • Time: 10am – 4pm

For more information on visiting Bracknell, Swinley Forest, parking charges and opening times, visit the Go Ape website

 

Adventurous fundraising activities for 2016

Go Ape Three Peaks Yacht Race

It’s been just over 2 weeks since our bold and brave Go Ape team conquered the gruelling Three Peaks Yacht Race (3PYR). They endured a whopping 389 miles of sailing, 72 miles of running and 18 miles of cycling, which they completed in four days and 16 hours. Bravo!

Through the trials and tribulations (particularly the extreme weather conditions and boat engine trouble), the team still managed to bag a top ten spot. And when we asked Jerome if he’d do it again, he replied without hesitation, “Without a shadow of a doubt.

Go Ape Three Peaks Yacht Race Team

All members signed-up for the race because they wanted to challenge themselves and test their true potential, and it required months of preparation and dedication. But there was also another reason why they were embarking on this monumental adventure: to raise money for a great cause.

So far, over £6,000 has been raised for the Outward Bound Trust; a charity that helps young people from all walks of life by running adventurous and challenging outdoor learning programmes that equip them with valuable skills for education, work and life. Our target is £10,000 – and you can help us to reach it by donating via our Virgin Money Giving page!

Anyway, enough about us. How about you? Have you always fancied taking part in an adventurous sporting challenge, but never taken the next step? Well, let us help! There are tonnes of events across the UK that you can get involved in and raise some money for your charity of choice. Here are just some of them:

The 12 Labours of Hercules: 16th-17th July

Hercules was a mythical Greek Hero; and you can expect to feel pretty heroic after completing this mammoth challenge. The event takes place in the mystical surroundings of the Long Mynd, a heath and moorland plateau which forms part of the Shropshire Hills. Entrants have to complete as many of the 12 Labours as possible – but whereas Hercules had 12 years in which to do so, you’ve got just 24 hours. This wins our vote for the most imaginative event!

The South Coast Challenge: 27th-28th August

Walk, jog, run – it’s your choice. The South Coast Challenge route encompasses some truly stunning scenery, from the chalk headlands of Beachy Head in East Sussex, to the Seven Sister Country Park river valley and legendary Devils Dyke. You can opt to go the whole hog and cover 100km, but there are also half and ¼ options available.

Eton Swim: 3rd September

You’ll need to ditch the Speedos in favour of a full-bodied wetsuit for this one – an open water swim in Berkshire’s Dorney Lake, which was used for the 2012 Olympics. This one’s suitable for all ages and abilities, with distances ranging from 740km to 10km. Don’t worry about bringing your own swim cap along, as all participants are given one before they dive in!

Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge: 16th-18th September

Keen cyclist? Then check out this challenge: an epic 140 mile ride starting from the Cumbrian cost and cruising all the way to the North Sea. Of course, when we say ‘cruising,’ we mean pedalling frantically to try and bag a top spot. The route crosses the northern edge Lake District, climbs the northern Pennines and follows the fringes of Hadrian’s Wall. Prepare for serious calf ache as you climb the hills in the Eden Valley – and enjoy the descents!

Tough Mudder: Multiple dates

We like the ethos behind this one – ‘It’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasises teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.’

Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test your physical and mental strength. It’s like an extreme version of a Tree Top Adventure, with a good dollop of the brown stuff (mud, that is…).

Have you already signed-up for an event this year? If so, which one?

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