I had something similar at the back of my property - my sons built it
nearly 20 years ago, between 3 ironbarks. The floor's still there -
holding up the trees which have since died (ironbarks fairly short-lived).
Another difficult problem to solve - I think we will just have to keep
clear of the fall zone. Nice one for regulators - is a building in a tree
an assessable structure? Have the proprietors got insurance?
Here in the US the term is *Attractive Nuisance* - will kids be drawn
to it, and possibly injured?
The answer is, Yes, and permission will be denied.
When I was a kid everyone had something up in the trees on their
property, today, hardly anybody does.
I was 8 or so and I nailed some scrap 2x4's on the side of the tree,
climbed up and nailed more, til I got to a decent branch.
Then I nailed more scraps across 2 adjacent branches forming a
platform, where I'd sit, and imagine......
I guess you'd remember "adventure playgrounds" where kids were actually
encouraged to do this stuff ...
Another item that's disappeared - playground equipment like rocker swings
and 'witches hats'. Make sure you get off before the big kids turn up ...
All banned now. Trend is self-sustaining; kids don't get to do anything a
bit risky, they never acquire motor skills, problem gets worse, and
virtual reality is no substitute.
Wel done Lenore Skenazy ... we don't have any grandchildren yet (as far as
I know) but "life finds a way" so maybe I'll buy a copy. On the other hand,
we both had a good head for heights until we had kids. They'd wait until we
were looking their way, and then lean over the edge ...
But there is no such thing as a life without risk.
What they have done is traded risks.
They eliminate the risk of injury due to physical activity and
exacerbate the risk of injury due to lack of activity.
Obesity, diabetes, heart disease and a plethora of other things.
All day long I watch enormous sloths wander into the candy store
almost incapable of lifting their waddles high enough to jam a gob of
poisonous fructose into their disgusting maws. They are now
caricatures of themselves, enslaved to the sedentary lifestyle that is
killing them, while catering to their natural proclivity to laziness.
They were born and raised this way.
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