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A fundraising event created on the Isle of Wight saw hundreds of tree climbers around the world take to the tree tops to camp on Saturday 15th September.

The Big Canopy Campout is the world’s biggest co-ordinated canopy adventure and was founded by Dr John Pike from Cowes in 2017.

This year, over 500 canopy climbers participated as night fell across the world, starting at sunset in Tasmania and ending with sunrise on Maui, Hawaii.

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Goodleaf Tree Climbing from Ryde held fundraising tree climbs throughout the day. At night they camped out with a special guest – Marion Marshall, who visited the Island just to take part in the campout. As Marion camped out in an oak tree on the Isle of Wight, her daughter Nina, who picked up her tree climbing skills with Goodleaf last summer, was camping 60 metres above the ground in Borneo.

Dr Pike said:

“It’s been an epic, inspirational and exciting adventure and we’ve shown again how tree-climbing can be a force for good in the world. We saw every type of weather, from tropical heat to hail and thunder. Adventurers scaled trees from the tropics to the Arctic and rigged some incredible tree-top camps.

“We hope to raise over £15,000 that will go directly to protect land in the Sierra Gorda, Mexico.”

To find out more and donate head over to https://thebigcanopycampout.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/CanopyCamp/.

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