The official opening of the new Troopers Hill Play area coinsided with the BBC's 'Tree O'Clock' tree planting record attempt. This gave us the chance to join in with this record attempt as we planted some hazel whips to form the outside of the new maze structure.
The whips were laid out ready for the 11am start time, and Susan demonstrated our planting technique. We didn't have a siren so Kyle marked the start with a loud scream. Twenty planters including several Scouts from 159th Bristol (St Aidan's) Scout Group had all 125 whips planted within 15 minutes.
After a break for some well earned coffee the official opening followed at 12 noon with a welcome from Bristol Parks' project manager John Williams and a short speech from Susan as Chair of Friends of Troopers Hill. Some of our young helpers then pulled the ends of the large red ribbon around the tree climbing structure to untie the bow and declare the play area open.
There was then a rush to be the first to climb to the top of the new structure...
Unfortunately the hazel whips were vandalised during the snowy weather over Christmas and New Year. Friends of Troopers Hill and Bristol Parks are discussing whether or not they should be replaced.