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In pictures: Kew's treetop walkway

Treetop walkway at Kew Gardens

London's Kew Gardens has unveiled a walkway 18m (59ft) above ground, enabling visitors to explore the treetop canopy.

Treetop walkway at Kew Gardens

The 200m (656ft) long Xstrata walkway enables visitors to enter the canopy of sweet chestnuts, limes and deciduous oaks.

Treetop walkway at Kew Gardens

Birds, insects, lichens and fungi that rely upon the trees can be viewed from the walkway.

Treetop walkway at Kew Gardens

Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the architects behind the London Eye, the walkway also gives an aerial view of London landmarks such as Wembley Stadium.

Treetop walkway at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens staff hope the walkway will enable visitors to appreciate the importance of trees and our need to protect and nurture them.

Treetop walkway at Kew Gardens

The walkway opens to the public on Saturday, when another attraction will also enable visitors to study the soil beneath the trees.



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