by Jo Hudson, Conservation and Research Assistant, London
The London office was getting into the ‘swing of it’ at our summer day out this year by spending the morning ‘monkeying around’ in the treetops of Trent Park in Cockfosters, North London. It wasn’t the warmest or nicest of days (well it is England) but everyone seemed excited to spend a day out the office blowing off some well-earned steam. The day would basically consist of climbing up onto suspended platforms in the tree canopy and then clamber, crawl and swing our way around the various obstacles. These included giant ziplines, swinging into cargo nets and then climbing up, and tiptoeing along narrow beams – all 40 feet above the ground! Safety first, as always, and we were all well-schooled by the end in Go Ape’s procedures, rule number one: always make sure you have your red and blue carabineer clips attached to the wires!
Some of the team (myself included) bulldozed their way through the course, tearing our way round with gusto, while others took it at a more relaxed, and definitely more graceful, pace. There were some screams, tumbles and definitely some decidedly muddy BV employees. However, the one thing that was unanimous is that the morning was a great (ape) success! All the hard work was followed by a lunch in north London – everyone went home tired out and well fed. Here’s to the Christmas outing!
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