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Protest goes 'ape' over park plan
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About 400 people protested against the plans
Campaigners against a treetop adventure course development in a Glasgow park have held a demonstration.

About 400 people gathered at Pollok Park and formed a human chain as a protest against the Go Ape development.

The course, which would cost 20 to 25 per person, would be built on woodland leased from Glasgow City Council.

Objectors said the public park, which was gifted to the people of the city, was not the right place for such a commercial venture.

Some local residents in the south side of Glasgow have launched the Save Pollok Park campaign, objecting to the development.

Lack of consultation

Glasgow Govan MSP and deputy leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, joined protesters at the demonstration.

She said people loved Pollok Park and they wanted to see it remain as it was.

Go Ape is also firmly committed to encouraging a new generation of visitors to experience the woods from an entirely different perspective
Tristram Mayhew
Go Ape

"There's plenty of activities in other parts of the park but the North Wood is somewhere that people come to get away from the noise and bustle of the city, to enjoy the environment, to take walks and there's a real feeling that we don't want to lose that," she said.

She went on to add that people do not feel they have been consulted.

"I think the consultation was flawed and I think it would be in everyone's interest, not least Glasgow City Council's, to take a step back from this and allow people to have their say and for that say to be listened to", she said.

Tristram Mayhew, chief executive of Go Ape, said he was aware of local people's concerns.

He said: "Go Ape is also firmly committed to encouraging a new generation of visitors to experience the woods from an entirely different perspective, in a way that will inspire them, we hope, for life, and encourage them to live their lives more adventurously."

Mr Mayhew said Go Ape had an excellent track record in terms of its care of the environment at other locations in the UK and said an in-depth environmental impact study had been conducted by independent consultants.

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