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13 / 06 / 2018
Charity abseil for iconic animals
Adrenaline junkies have the chance to abseil off an iconic Bristol landmark this summer to raise funds to introduce bears to ancient woods at Wild Place Project.
 
On Sunday, August 18, dare-devils will be able to abseil 60ft from the top of the historic Gardiner Haskins building in Broad Plain, in the centre of Bristol.
 
Those with a head for heights will be able to enjoy spectacular views across the city before taking the plunge and abseiling down the side of the building with support from fully trained instructors.
 
Bristol Zoological Society’s event organiser, Dave Eyre, said: “Whether you are a first-timer or experienced abseiler, this promises to be a thrilling day, offering an unforgettable experience at a historic local landmark all while raising essential funds to bring bears back to the region.”
 
No prior experience is needed for the abseil; however participants must be aged 14 and over.
 
The event will raise money to open a new exhibit at Wild Place Project called ‘Bear Wood’, which will see European brown bears, lynx, wolves and wolverine back in the woodlands as they were in times gone by.
 
Gardiner Haskins, who are partners of Wild Place Project, will donate £20 per participant towards the Bear Wood appeal. For those that would like to make a day of it, there will also be a family fun day with a range of activities, food, a DJ, fundraising games and more.
 
Adam Newport, marketing manager at Gardiner Haskins, said: “It's a pleasure to be involved again with our friends at Bristol Zoological Society, I am sure it will be an exciting and fun-filled day, whilst helping to raise funds for the Bear Wood appeal at Wild Place.”
 
Work is expected to start this summer on creating Bear Wood at Wild Place Project. Visitors to the attraction in South Gloucestershire will be able to walk through the exhibit, which will cover seven and a half acres, on a raised path that will wind its way through the trees.
 
Bristol Zoological Society has already received donations from generous benefactors and sponsors towards the cost of the scheme but still needs £2 million. An appeal has been launched to raise that money.
 
If you would like to make a donation to the Bear Wood appeal or to become a Bear Wood Guardian please contact Richard Rollings or Kate Smith.
 
To find out more about the abseil visit here