Gloucestershire

Westonbirt Arboretum treetop walkway attracts hundreds in its first two hours

Treetop walkway opens to public Image copyright Gina Mills, Forestry Commission
Image caption Westonbirt said "hundreds" of people had visited the treetop walkway within the first two hours of opening

Hundreds of people have visited a 13m (42ft) high treetop walkway in the first two hours since it opened at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire.

The 300m (984ft) path is thought to be the longest in the UK and offers a "unique bird's-eye view" of the site's 15,000 trees.

The route has no steps, making it accessible for wheelchairs.

It cost £1.9m, with the funds raised by Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.

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Image caption The walkway promises to offer visitors a "never seen before" view of the 600 acre arboretum in Gloucestershire
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Image caption The "step free" walkway is accessible to people of all abilities
Image copyright Gina Mills, Forestry Commission
Image caption The 300m (984ft) path is believed to be the longest in the UK

Arboretum director Andrew Smith said: "People have been enjoying the views of Westonbirt from the ground for generations, so the time has come to offer our visitors a new and exciting way to see the arboretum by getting up close and personal with the canopy, just like our tree team."

The site, near Tetbury, is managed by the Forestry Commission and covers 243 hectares (600 acres).

It was established in the 1850s by landowner George Holford.

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