We all love tree houses, and soon we will be able to explore a whole theme park of them, once a new adventure playground opens in Cheshire.
A wooden woodland adventure playground will be opening soon near Bickley Town, after planning permission was granted for the 20 hectare acre-site by the Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning committee.
The playground area will include “a system of aerial and ground woodland walks linking a series of magical treehouses, picnic and storytelling areas,” said estate agent Savills, who have prepared a planning statement in support of the new development.
BeWilderwood at Bickley will be aimed at children between two and 12 years old and will be open between February and October every year. The park is expected to bring 25 full-time and 155 part-time/seasonal jobs to the area, and a total economic impact of £30 million. The economic impact of the development over the first five years is estimated at around £30m.
A spokesperson from Savilles went on to explain: “BeWILDerwood is an award-winning adventurous play environment for children, with a strong emphasis on healthy outdoor family leisure, education and environmental awareness. The proposed adventure would be set in circa 20 hectares of woodland with play structures, treehouses, boardwalks and boats, plus a strong storytelling element based around several published books about the mythology of the Boggles and Twiggles who secretly live in the woods.
The concept behind the new park is based on Norfolk-based author Tom Blofeld’s children’s story A Boggle At BeWilderWood. He is the CEO and owner of the company behind the development, and has written a number of other children’s books. These include: The Bewilder Bats and a Bewilder Muddle.
The original park in Norfolk has a significant emphasis on environmental friendliness, and includes boreholes for creating geothermal energy, as well a solar powered energy. There is not a single brick on the development, and all the wood was imported from Scandinavia. Built on his own family country estate, the park aimed to create a genuine ‘countryside experience’ for visitors when it first opened.
It attracted 5,000 on its opening weekend, despite this being a particularly rainy bank holiday, of the kind England is so well know for.
For parents who are sick of the awful food available at theme parks, this one marks a departure from the norm. All food sold on site is organic where possible. In another move to reassure parents, the Norfolk site as an on-site nurse to tend to any mishaps that do happen.
It is the first theme park of its kind in the North of England, and only the second to open since the Norfolk site was opened.
If you can’t wait for the Cheshire park to open, you can always head to Norfolk, to try out the delights it offers this summer. You can even head down on public transport if it suits you, with is in keeping with many of the environmental themes of the park.