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Go back to basics this summer and explore the city’s trees. Nature’s climbing frames offer secret hideouts, lofty perches and panoramic views, reached by clambering up trunks and tiptoeing along branches. Many of London’s trees have been climbed for generations and offer the perfect escape from the city. While having fun in the treetops make sure your little gibbons respect the trees and the people who care for them. And be careful! Climb barefoot for better grip and always keep an eye out for dead wood. Don’t let kids climb higher than they can climb down unless you want to fetch a ladder… Here are five of the best trees for kids to tackle – each one a different species with different challenges.
Note: some parks don’t permit tree-climbing so be prepared to be moved on by keepers. You climb trees at your own risk.
Jack Cooke’s ‘The Tree Climber’s Guide’ is published by HarperCollins.