TreehouseWhat: A chestnut frame platform and roof where adults can sip their drinks while watching the sun set or the rain fall and children sliding down the zip-wire from the crows-nest across the rope-bridge.

Where: In Kent, just off the M25 but you really wouldn’t know it.

Materials:   Round-wood chestnut poles from the garden, manila rope, recycled oak floorboards, oak bench, cedar shingles.

Budget:  £12,000

People: A team of experienced carpenters, a student-apprentice, family and friends ranging between the ages of 4 and 80.

How the children helped:  De-barking the timber, shaping treads for the rope-bridge,  shingling the roof,  chiseling settings for joists, providing tea and cake.


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