Go Ape Ltd. is an outdoor adventure company which runs Tree Top Adventures, Forest Segways and Tree Top Junior adventures. There are 29 Tree Top adventure courses in forests in England, Scotland and Wales consisting of rope ladders, zip-lines, rope bridges, trapezes and swings. The course in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, near Aberfoyle in Stirling, has one of the longest zip-lines in Britain. There are also ten Forest Segway experiences and five Tree Top Junior adventures.
The company was founded in 2001 by Rebecca and Tristram Mayhew, after they were inspired by a tree-top adventure course in France, and has a contract with the Forestry Commission for courses on multiple sites. The first course opened in March 2002 in Thetford Forest, on the borders of Norfolk and Suffolk; it was the first self-belay tree top ropes course in Britain. The company's motto is "creating adventures, encouraging others to live life more adventurously." In 2003, the company won a Best Tourist Attraction award and has also won a number of other awards. In 2007, it was shortlisted for the Best Norfolk Attraction award at the Tourism In Norfolk Awards. In 2008 the company opened five new courses in Kent, Cumbria, Devon, Buckinghamshire and Staffordshire. In May 2010, Go Ape opened their first course in the United States at Rock Creek Regional Park in Rockville, Maryland (Opened May 8, 2010).
The courses are made up of zip wires, rope swings, ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood. There are Junior courses at Thetford Forest and Moors Valley designed for 6 - 12 year olds. There are also Segway scooters and mountain bikes for those who prefer to stay on the ground.
There have been public outcries over their proposals. They choose not to build a course in the Bidjigal Reserve, and met some opposition to their plans to expand in Moel Famau. There was a public response over their proposal in parks of Rivington. Essex County declined a proposal after protests. In the United States, a Go Ape ropes course proposal was declined after a large neighborhood outcry in Lincoln Park.
Go Ape locations
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- "Growing Futures: The England Forestry Strategy in Action" (PDF). The Forestry Commission. June 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-20.
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- Go Ape USA (accessed 3 May 2010)
- "Growing Business Success Stories - Go Ape: Tristram Mayhew". Growingbusiness.co.uk. 2011-05-12. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
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- "Go Ape wires plan for Moel Famau unzips opposition". BBC News. 2010-02-12. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
- "Angry locals Go Ape at park proposal". The Bolton News. 2010-06-24. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
- Sarah, Swain (2008-03-04). "New hope in bid to stop Go Ape plan for park". Brentwood & Ongar Liberal Democrats.
- "BULLETIN: Lincoln Park zipline proposal scrapped, says Parks". West Seattle Blog. 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
- "Swing Through the Trees and Go Ape!" (Press release). The Forestry Commission. 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2007-11-20.
- "Go ahead for Go Ape". Eastleigh Borough Council website. Eastleigh Borough Council. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
- "Leeds Castle gets ready to Go Ape". Kent Messenger Group. 15/01/08. Retrieved 2008-04-01.