Comparing Walkways

Posted: March 11, 2010 at 07:47 am Author: Sophie Nash

Hi I’m Sophie and the Project Support Officer for the Westonbirt Project. I’ve been here since the end of January and it’s whizzed by!

I previously worked in as an architectural assistant in Bath working on a wide range of projects, so it’s been quite interesting sitting on the opposite side of the fence!

Recently I have been researching other similar attractions across the country. This will provide us with valuable information on visitor numbers and the impact a new feature, like the the walkway has on a site.

A group of us recently visited Salcey Forest in Northamptonshire, which is a Forestry Commission site that opened a walkway and viewing platform in 2006.

The walkway is 300 metres in length and rises up to 15 metres in height with an additional tower to take you up to the top of the tree canopy. Its basic oak board construction means it blends softly into the trees and landscape.

It was great to experience how high our walkway and tower will be compared to Salcey’s and to understand areas which we can learn from to make a really enjoyable visitors experience for all who venture up the Heritage Vantage Point!