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About The Great Big Tree Climbing Company

The Great Big Tree Climbing Company (TGBTCC) brings an exciting, new, mobile form of outdoor adventure activities (OAA) to anywhere in England. Since its creation in 2008 it has grown to become the largest provider of recreational tree climbing activities in the UK. From its location in south Wiltshire, TGBTCC has developed an impressive list of regional clients. Amongst these are a number of National Trust sites, county councils, country parks, luxury holiday providers and independent schools. We are proud to have worked with several of the largest National Trust properties in the UK.

TGBTCC has developed its strong reputation and brand name through the development of rigorous health and safety procedures along with targeted staff training and mentoring schemes. Such procedures are now recognised as the industry standard and as such we are in a position to train client’s to carry out our activities for themselves. As we take such pride in our reputation it is imperative to us that anyone who works or trains under our brand understands our virtues.

  1. Safety. This is paramount to all of the activities that we carry out. If our activities are not safe they cannot be carried out. Safety is more important to us than any other aspect of what we do. If anyone operating our activities feels there is a safety issue it should always be automatically reported to the team leader.
  2. Education/Motivation. We work closely with many institutions and schools providing team building and motivational on-going learning activities. Closely working with individuals we can develop leadership skills and provide tailored activities to a wide section of the community who can have varying capabilities.
  3. Fun. Participants wish to try all of our activities because they see them as fun. Although maintaining a friendly persona all day can be tiring we wish that anyone participating on our activities is treated as special and given the attention they deserve to ensure they have a great and memorable time. For many children our activities are their first experience with heights. A bad experience could lead to them being put off from OAA activities. A positive experience can lead to children gaining new found confidence. We are very proud by working with children and adults to get many of them over a fear of heights.
  4. Environmentally friendly. As our activities take place in trees, they take place in a natural environment. We wish to minimise our impact to this environment and the wildlife within it. It is all too easy to manipulate the tree(s) being used by removing branches and limbs which are deemed ‘in the way’. However we urge all of our instructors to work with what they have and only remove dead pieces of wood. Furthermore many of our events run in conservation areas, Areas of Outstanding natural beauty, SSSI sites and even listed landscapes. We take pride in leaving a site looking how it did before we arrived

Institute for Outdoor Learning Membership

The Great Big Tree Climbing Company strives to combine high safety standards, professionalism and an environmental approach. Such values have led us to become members of the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

Management Team

TGBTCC consists of a small and close knit management team. As well as the below members of staff, we are also employ a number of part time and seasonal staff.

Mark Hawes, Managing Director.IMG_0243

A former estate agent, who gave up a successful career in the city to start a new life and adventure in the country. “My wife and I were looking to start a family and  wanted to look at life from a different perspective. I am pleased to say we have never looked back. We’re delighted by the way the company has grown and the diversity of clients it attracts… from businesses looking for an unusual team-building activity and Schools creating educational fun and adventure in the forest  to outdoor event days and  children’s parties.”

IMG_0766Adam Elkins, Operations Manager.

Recently graduating from Bournemouth with a degree in sports science, Adam runs the operation on a day to day basis including Compliance, Health and Safety and all aspects of making sure our customers have a Great Experience . He is also instrumental in developing new concept ideas, reaching new markets and  developing our Team Training and CPD Manuals.” I was very fortunate to be given an opportunity to gain work experience at The Great Big Tree Climbing in the early days. It is great to be an integral part of a growing business that has a Great ethos both on development, staff wealth fare and environmental issues”.

Andy Khan, Events Manager South East and London.IMG_0529

Andy joined the team in 2013 and comes from a sales background. He is driving the business in the south east, liaising with existing clients, developing new ideas and strategies. “It has been a great change in direction for me. I have really enjoyed the thorough training involved and the buzz of working for this dynamic firm”.

 

Testimonials

“We came to the UK from Japan, and like last year we went to Kingston Lacy
for the purpose Of Tree climbing – and she had a ball. I am writing because
your team there, 2 guys and a young lady at the top of the tree worked
literally non stop, no breaks. Commendable and professional and lots of fun.
Please note this to your team there and I hope your business does well.
Many thanks”
Karl, Debbie and Kiera.

“It was wet and cold but we had great fun! Andy and Dave were fantastic!!”
Ed, Karin, Daniel and Luke (after a very, very wet day in October).

“…. I need to let you know your team is brilliant, cannot fault them.  Even in the foul weather on Monday (biblical storms, thunder , lightning, the works) they were up beat and got the kids having a great time.  They come across as professional, fun and flexible tailoring the event to the visitor , the queue and the weather.  I’m really pleased with how the event has run, we have visitors driving up from Kidderminster just to join in.”

Andrew Wyllie, Head Estate Ranger, Dunham Massey

 

The Great Big Tree Climbing Co

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