Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Kew to Have Its Visitors Walking in the Tree-Tops

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Kew to Have Its Visitors Walking in the Tree-Tops

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THE architects behind the London Eye have unveiled plans to build a 60ft-hi gh

tree-top walkway at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.

Bosses hired Marks Barfield after the success of a temporary wooden structure at the gardens two years ago.

The new [pounds sterling]3million, 656ft-long steel walkway will snake its way through the tops of chestnut trees.

It will be designed to resemble prehistoric trees while the handrails will be made from sweet chestnuts and red oaks that fell in storms in February.

Visitors will pass through an underground exhibition before climbing stairs, or taking a lift, to a platform and 5ft-wide walkway.

The exhibition called the rhizotron will use hi-tech animatronic robots to show the developments of tree roots and reveal the diversity of insects and fungi that thrive underground and on the forest floor.

Once visitors climb to the walkway, they will have the chance to see close up the birds that nest in the trees and the variety of insects living in the bark. …

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