2017 Go Ape
Havering Council is in discusisons to lease part of Bedfords Park to Go Ape on a long term lease.
Go Ape is a popular tree climbing adventure/zip wire and fast growing experience. This is a commercial venture for with 1 hour experiences costing about £25 for adults and half that for children on a smaller circuit
Havering Council - Due to Council funding issues they are in favour of the proposals as this will bring funds to support park maintenance
Friends of Bedford Park are against the idea due to the 35000 extra visitors expected to visit the park each year
and the environmental impact. Trees will be impacted as will their inhabitants - especially bats & corvids
The petition is below;
There is a good article in the Romford Recorder on this
Essex Wildlife Trust www.essexwt.org.uk
(Essex's biggest conservation society/charity who run the visitors centre) are in favour, presumably as they will benefit from additional visitors and revenues.
Bedford Walled Garden we believe also would benefit from additional visitors
The experience is a good one, albeit not inexpensive, but other facilities can be enjoyed for free. I would expect this would also bring picnic areas and playgrounds etc as with similar sites elsewhere
For the scheme to be acceptible any impact needs to be minimised
- double the trees that are used for the course should be planted elsewhere in the park to offer sufficient homes for the inhabitants
Infrastructure in the village is currently inadequate for such a venture
- improvements of Broxhill and additional entrances from Lower Bedfords should be sought
- the footpath is not currently accessible for people with pushchairs and wheelchairs from the village. The council is currently advising HABCOS on this
- Public Transport - Go Ape state on their website that most people use public transport to access the sites. Buses do not pass on Sundays and only infrequently otherwise. This is a long running issue for residents of Havering-atte-Bower & neighbouring Stapleford Abbots. Will re-routing or additional buses be made available to the village ?