Alnwick Garden is to be home to one of the largest tree houses in the world. Described as a “tree village”, the £3.3 million structure will be the size of two Olympic swimming pools and will help to maintain the garden’s position as a flagship tourist destination in the north-east of England.
Designed by John Harris, author of Treehouses, a Practical and Inspirational Guide, the tree house will offer a “safely dangerous” experience for children and adults.
The complex design, made of natural materials, will be linked by over 1,200m2 of suspended walkways floating in the trees and will hold 300 people at any one time. Sitting 17m high, the house has been designed to withstand all weathers and gale-force winds.
Alnwick Garden trustee the Duchess of Northumberland commented: “The tree house will appear as a tree-top village, rising above the forest floor. It is designed to provide a magical experience for children of all ages and, I suspect, for many adults too. People will be able to learn from, relax and enjoy the natural environment around them, where they can lunch or take tea in the trees.”
The design is expected to take eight months to build and is due to be completed in July 2004. In addition, Alnwick Garden aims to build one of Europe’s largest tree-based adventure playground areas underneath the structure.
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