Gone with the wind

090112 Storm damage at go ape site at Beecraigs country park.
090112 Storm damage at go ape site at Beecraigs country park.

LAST week’s 100mph winds created havoc at the Go Ape high wire adventure course at Beecraigs, Linlithgow.

Around 25 trees fell at the site, which is open from February to November, and repair work has begun to make sure it opens for Easter.

Jerome Mayhew, managing director at Go Ape, said: “About 25 large trees have fallen in the vicinity of the Go Ape course causing extensive damage. However, we are planning to pull out all the stops to get the entire course repaired, refreshed with exciting new activities and open in time for Easter. This should leave the course in even better shape than it was before the storm. All Go Ape courses are fully insured for this kind of exceptional wind damage so the cost of repairs to the company will be minimal.”

The 370 hectare tree top course which includes Go Ape’s biggest Tarzan swing and only zip wire Tibetan Bridge landing has proved popular since it opened in 2010.

The damage is also being inspected by West Lothian Council who manage Beecraigs Country Park.

A council spokesman added: “We are currently assessing the storm damage to trees in Beecraigs and we estimate this could take some time. Unfortunately, the Go Ape facility has been badly damaged and we have been meeting with representatives from Go Ape to discuss how we can assist them in carrying out the necessary repairs. We are currently assessing storm damage to trees at West Lothian’s three country parks. At Beecraigs, all the customer car parks and a number of access roads are closed so the public are advised to check the situation before visiting.”