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The Westonbirt Arboretum’s Grade I listed historic landscape holds one of the finest tree collections in the world. Recently, a new walkway was installed to give visitors new vantage points and an exciting and educational journey through the woodlands.

The 13.5 metres high walkway is the longest in the UK and the only one to feature a timber deck at such a height. It is a unique project, and a unique challenge, providing panoramic vistas as well as opportunities for improved visitor experience and accessibility to this scenic natural estate.

Russwood’s Scotlarch® Gripdeck® decking was specified for its sustainability and high quality while balancing the key challenges of durability, strength-to weight ratio, and cost. Its material palette matches the neighbouring Welcome Building and will weather and silver to fit the existing aesthetic.

“Russwood was chosen because it could provide a quality decking product made from UK sourced timber, grown to Forestry Stewardship Commission standards, and that would crucially also be more sustainable than an imported product” said Glen Howell Architects.

The larch product was fit to brief down to the required grooves, inlaid carborundrum strips to improve surface grip, and bespoke tapered boards for the particularly curved and speciality areas along the walkway. 

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