Tree Top Walkway update
The Tree Top Walkway is currently closed as it isn’t structurally safe. An investigation highlighted major structural failings meaning that significant repair work is needed to make the Tree Top Walkway safe.
Since its opening in 2005, the Tree Top Walkway has helped visitors get closer to nature and see Salcey’s leafy forest canopy from a completely different perspective. It is treasured by visitors and staff alike, and we recognise that it has become an important feature of the local area. However, as a wooden structure it always had a finite lifespan.
With this in mind, we have been working hard with our civil engineers and industry experts to identify how this can be extended. The result of these efforts is a plan to restore the Tree Top Walkway by reconstructing the lower section following recommendations made by the engineers which will help provide an additional 10-15 years to the structure. It involves a significant amount of work and cost and will need further designs produced as well as planning permission.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis and the impact this had on the various funding streams available to us, we still find ourselves without the budget needed to carry out the repair and rebuild work. At the moment we don't know the timescales for this funding becoming available again, however both the local team at Salcey Forest as well as the broader Forestry England organisation recognise the significance of the structure for the site and for the wider community and we will continue to investigate what other funding options there might be. The project remains a priority for us all so we are continuing with the design and planning work in the background ready for when we are able to start the works.
In the meantime, the walkway is closed and out of bounds as it is unsafe. However Salcey Forest remains a stunning woodland to visit, with many miles of trails for walking, cycling and horse riding amongst the ancient wood banks and trees, as well as a fantastic adventure play area and a beautiful café. It is a great place to visit whether you are looking to raise your heart rate and get active, or take it easy and get back in touch with nature, and many thousands of visitors continue to enjoy the forest every month.