Bid to zap the zip

Not wanted: A previous protest at Go Ape
Not wanted: A previous protest at Go Ape
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Fears woodland activity centre plans could be dangerous

An outdoor activity centre has come under fire over its proposed use of trees for a thrill-seeking zip line.

Go Ape wants to make changes to a woodland adventure course.

But objectors claim not enough expert investigation has been carried out on trees and that the plans could be dangerous.

The Friends of Lever Park are worried that one specific tree is not fit for purpose.

Adventure Forest Ltd, who operate Go Ape at Rivington, look set to get planning permission from Chorley Council to make changes to a course, used for activities such zip wire slides.

Ben Davies, Go Ape business development manager, said: “Go Ape feel that the information submitted is sufficient to explain the impact of the proposal on trees. Go Ape relies on the health of the trees for its business, and we would not do anything to their detriment.

“Health and safety is Go Ape’s priority. Trees used by Go Ape are all independently assessed. Indeed, the inaugural inspection to ensure we comply with the European Standard requires a tree inspection.

“This is not a planning 
issue. Specifically regarding the zip anchor tree, the additional stays mean there is no lateral tension on the tree, meaning we can use a much smaller tree than we ordinarily use.”