Swing through the trees and Go Ape!

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23 MAY 2007NEWS RELEASE No: 9652

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The award winning Go Ape High Wire Forest Adventure is opening its family activity in Forestry Commission Scotland’s Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, near Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire on 26th May.

With over 600,000 adventure seekers now climbing rope ladders up into the trees, Go Ape is proud to announce the opening of its twelfth course, the very first of its kind in Scotland.

‘Climb rope ladders up into the treetops and experience the thrills of trekking from tree to tree, some 40 feet above the forest floor!’

The Go Ape course, located at the David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre, in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, is split into six challenging zones. Both children and adults will love the excitement of taking to the trees and weaving their way through a series of rope ladders, bridges, Tarzan swings, trapezes, stirrup crossings and zip wires. Aberfoyle will boast the LONGEST zip wire in Great Britain, measuring 426 metres. Feel the adrenaline corse through the veins; challenge your wits as you soar through the forest, way above the trees. Set against this stunning backdrop, a Go Ape visit will provide you with approximately three hours of adrenalin-fuelled fun and adventure.

Tristram Mayhew, Owner and Chief Gorilla says:

    "Creating adventures and encouraging others to live life more adventurously” is the ethos behind Go Ape. It’s very much about introducing people, young and old, to the forest and being able to explore the forest from a different perspective.. I am delighted to be bringing Go Ape to Scotland. Not only have we built an amazing course, but I feel I am returning home in a way, having been to university here. I also met my primate Rebecca who I founded the company with.”

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is a major draw for tourists with over one million visits being made each year. The new Go Ape course has a potential catchment of over two and a half million visitors within one hour's drive.

Stuart Chalmers, for Forestry Commission Scotland in Aberfoyle, added:
    “It's great news that Go Ape have chosen Queen Elizabeth Forest Park for its first Scottish course. Not only will thrill seekers have a fantastic adventure but the extra visitors to the area will bring a welcome boost to the local economy.
    "Our forests are the perfect place for people to get fit and to blow away the stresses of everyday life. Set in stunning surroundings, the course offers an alternative way to enjoy the great outdoors."

Notes to editors:
Click on the movie link below to see the longest zip wire in Great Britain!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkohLbImDd8

Restrictions
Minimum age 10 years, minimum height 1.4m (4ft 7in) and maximum weight of 20.5 stone. Under 18 year olds must be accompanied by a participating adult. One adult can supervise EITHER up to two children (where one or both is under 16) OR up to five 16-17 year olds

2007 Opening Times
Opening date Saturday May 26th 2007. Open through until November 2nd 2007, plus November weekends. Closed during December & January.
Prices: Gorillas 18 years and over 25.00/ Baboons 20.00 10 – 17 years

Other Go Ape forest locations
Forest of Dean (Gloucestershire), Delamere Forest (Cheshire), Bracknell Forest (Berkshire), Moors Valley (Hampshire), Thetford Forest (Suffolk), Sherwood Forest (Nottinghamshire) and Grizedale (Cumbria) Poole’s Cavern (Buxton, Derbyshire), Bedgebury (Kent), Dalby Forest (North Yorkshire).

*Official Press Launch Day Tuesday June 5th 2007*

Go Ape! High Wire Forest Adventure,
Booking essential.
Book on line www.goape.co.uk
Or call: 0870 444 5562

For further information, images or press passes please contact Semra at Honey Public Relations. T: 01223 241770 semra@honeypr.com
Media enquiries for Forestry Commission Scotland to: Claire Martin, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, tel: 0131 3146506.

e-mail: claire.martin@forestry.gsi.gov.uk