Serving the people of Roade

  • The next Community Events Committee Meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th January at Roade Library
  • The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Monday 12th December at 7pm in St Mary's Church Hall
  • The next Community Safety Committee Meeting will be held at 7.15pm on Monday 5th December at Roade Library
  • The next F&GP Meeting will be held on Tuesday 24th January at 7.30pm, at the Parish Office

Salcey Forest - Tree Top Walkway Update

Salcey Forest - Tree Top Walkway Update

We have received the following update from the Forest Centre Manager at Salcey Forest:

The walkway has been shut since 2018 as the structure is no longer safe for public use. We have looked at a number of different options to repair the walkway over the last four years, some of which has been delayed during the COVID pandemic. The overall estimate to repair the walkway to bring it back into use is now over £1.7 million and we have concluded that this does not represent the best value for money for visitors to Salcey Forest. As a result, we have decided that we will remove the walkway.

I know that this will be disappointing news for many of our visitors who have special attachments to the walkway however we are using the opportunity to redevelop the area where the Tree Top Walkway currently stands. Our plans are to create a new area called The Glade, by planting new shrubs, trees and wildflowers and building a new winding, all-ability path with seating and a covered activityspace so visitors can spend time enjoying this beautiful part of Salcey Forest.

And as we enter this new phase for Salcey Forest, the creation of The Glade isn't the only piece of news, we will also continue to invest in other facilities at Salcey Forest for visitors to enjoy including:

🌳 Restoring the Elephant Bridge by using green oak from the trees that will need to be felled around the walkway, making good use of this timber and allowing Elephant Bridge to be reopened for visitors to enjoy once again.

🌳 Redeveloping the popular play area, with £60,000 to be invested in new play equipment.

🌳 Welcoming the Gruffalo! Currently scheduled for 2023, visitors will be able to head into the deep dark wood at Salcey Forest to discover a giant Gruffalo sculpture.

🌳 Continuing to work with local health and fitness groups to put on new events and activities for people to enjoy in the forest

As I said above, I know that this will be disappointing news for many of our visitors who have special attachments to the walkway, but I believe this is the best approach to provide sustainable facilities for visitors to enjoy over the long term and to ensure Salcey Forest remains a popular visitor destination and continues to support the local visitor economy.

Posted: Tue, 27 Sep 2022 14:56 by Parish Clerk

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