Mayor, Cllr David Elms and Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for the Environment took to the trees of Peacock Wood in Stoke Park on Monday to open the new Wild Wood Adventure site. They raced each other on a zip wire (pictured above) as they descended through the trees at this unique new treetop adventure site in the middle of Guildford.
After catching his breath, the Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Elms, had this to say, “That was very exciting indeed and it was my pleasure to open this exhilarating course that rises from the trees in Stoke Park. What a way to start my Mayoral year!”
The course is the largest of its kind in Britain and is the result of a partnership between Guildford Borough Council and Craggy Island Ltd. Craggy is a local company who are passionate about the area and focus on providing only the very best in adventure activities. You may have been to their rock climbing centre in Slyfield or bouldering and caving centre in Sutton before.
The site facilitates all ages and abilities, including a junior course designed for 6 -12 year olds called Wild Kids, where youngsters negotiate the course of obstacles and zip lines in the trees. For adults participating, the Wild Wood Adventure offers three levels of height and difficulty as you build up on wobbly crossings, rope bridges and obstacles before finishing with the ‘Wild Drop’ or ‘Wild Zip’. The course offers fantastic views of the woods and a journey full of surprises and challenges and is sure to provide an entertaining couple of hours.
Lead Councillor for Environment, Cllr Matt Furniss, said, “The Council and the team at Craggy Island have worked tirelessly to get this course up and running and its clever design means that the site blends into the trees. The course is an adrenalin pumping delight and I am sure that it will prove to be very popular. It’s a fantastic addition to our awarding winning Stoke Park and adds to our excellent local attractions.
“The course will provide an income of over £1 million to the Council over the 25 year lease, offer new jobs for local people and encourage more visitors to the park and Guildford. I hope that everyone who comes has as much fun as I had!”