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The latest idea to surface on the Isle of Wight – that melting pot of crazy schemes – is recreational tree climbing. What a fantastic idea. The Ranger, when considerably younger and nimbler, loved to climb trees and just sit up in the branches. In fact, (harp music as screen goes all wobbly) he even had a romantic encounter with his first girlfriend high up in a particularly fine horse-chestnut tree. So the idea of recreational tree climbing seems like an attractive one. The Ranger wishes this new venture many happy ascents, and even happier descents. I suppose the fun and danger of just clambering up a tree will be slightly alloyed by the paraphernalia of doing so safely – ropes, helmets, harnesses, etc. – but to imagine it without is probably just wishful thinking. If people want to be dangerous up trees, nobody will stop them, and they aren’t really likely to seek professional assistance to do so. No, there’s no reason to carp, because anyone can now be hoisted into a tree, from the oldest granny to the youngest infant – anyone who feels the atavistic urge to swing from the branches can do so, if the responsible professionals on the end of the rope approve. Jolly good show!