WALLINGTON has climbed to the top of the chart for the best outdoor activities for families.
The Cambo estate has been chosen as the best place to climb a tree among National Trust properties nationwide.
And as a poll of youngsters put tree-climbing top of their favourite activities, Wallington also takes the number one spot in the trust’s list of places for 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 and three-quarters.
Wallington Events and Promotions Manager Julie Tucker said: “Our 45ft high Nootka Cypress evergreen has been chosen as the best tree to climb in the whole of the trust as its trunk height and branches make it ideal for mini adventurers.”
The trust’s 50 Things list was first compiled last year after the organisation published a Natural Childhood report that showed a dramatic decline in children’s relationship with the outdoors. The list aimed to encourage more families and youngsters to experience activities in the outdoors and engage with nature.
More than 40,000 children took part in the scheme last year and it is hoped that more will sign up this summer, trying activities such as skimming stones, flying kites, catching fish and finding frogspawn.
The National Trust asked more than 1,700 children to vote for their favourite activities from the list and 51 per cent chose tree-climbing, followed by den building and bike riding.
National Trust Kids Council member Jessica Swales, aged eight, said: “I have completed every activity from the 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 and three-quarters and tree climbing is my favourite thing to do outdoors so I’m really glad that other children really like it too. I love playing outside and climbing this big tree at Wallington with my friends was great fun.”
For more information about 50 Things, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/50things