• 10 Fantastic Family Days Out

    The summer holidays are finally here and there has never been a better time to experience all the fantastic day-trip locations the UK and Ireland have to offer. From the top of Scotland to the white cliffs of Dover, there are day trip destinations across the country that the whole family are sure to enjoy! […]

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  • A Brief History of Treehouses

    (Illustration of Pishobury by John Drapentier depicted in The Historical Antiquities of Hertfordshire by Henry Chauncey) Blue Forest were delighted to work with Marion Mako in the design and planning of one of our latest treehouse projects. Marion (www.makogardens.co.uk) is a freelance historic garden and landscape historian and designer. Just like Blue Forest, Marion believes that […]

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  • A Treehouse That Compliments Your Business Ethos

    At first glance, running a business from a treehouse might seem like a crazy idea and may  raise concerns over your mental health with friends and family. But they’d all be wrong. You’ll be right on trend. Having your working environment echo your business ethos is an increasingly recognised approach to creating a happy and […]

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  • Beach Party Bar Opening at The Goring

    Basil’s Bar, the social epicentre of Mustique, is possibly the most famous bar in the world. What makes Basil’s really special is Basil Charles himself, who presides over his watering hole with legendary charm. Thanks to The Goring hotel guests will not need to take the 10 hour flight to the exclusive Island of Mustique […]

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  • Biodiversity Nest Design Unveiled

    Blue Forest are delighted to reveal the design of ‘The Biodiversity Nest’ tree house, a high level walkway and platform, which will form part of the New Rainforest Canopy Walkway at The Eden Project. The design of ‘The Biodiversity Nest’ draws inspiration from nature and in particular from the ‘Weaver Bird’, which gets its name because […]

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  • Blue Forest Complete New Play Houses for von Essen Hotels

    With the hotels ethos “to offer you an environment that provides balance, requires no compromises and one which endorses wholesome childhoods” Blue Forest were a natural choice to create playhouses for the quintessentially English hotel. Blue Forest created two playhouses. Featuring extended decks and covered veranda’s, with rustic stable doors, cottage style windows, window boxes […]

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  • Blue Forest Create Basil’s Bar at The Goring Hotel

    Blue Forest is delighted to announce we have been asked to re-create the famous Mustique drinking hole Basil’s Bar at The Goring Hotel in London. The hotel, which was host to Kate Middleton’s and her family the night before the Royal Wedding will be shipping in sand to it’s famous garden in SW1 to give […]

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  • Blue Forest Design Canopy Walkway at The Eden Project

    Blue Forest are delighted to have been appointed as the lead design consultants assisting in the creation of Europe’s leading rainforest education resource at the Eden Project, Cornwall. Central to these plans is the design of over 150m of walkway stretching through the treetops, which will take visitors on a journey of discovery. Click here […]

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  • Blue Forest Design Luxury Treehouse Suites for Chewton Glen Hotel.

    Planning permission has been granted for six luxurious tree house eco-lodges. The lodges will be built in the grounds of award winning Chewton Glen Hotel, Hampshire. Blue Forest were approach by the hotel and their architect Terrance O’Roucke to provide the creative design of the tree house lodges. “The look and feel will be that […]

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  • Blue Forest Latest Tree House

    Almost Completed… Could this be our most luxurious tree house yet? Perfect for parties and TV nights, it has a kitchenette, wet room and sleeping loft. The tree house deck is split over several levels and features a diving platform over the swimming pool as well as a rope bridge and separate tree deck. Keep […]

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  • Blue Forest Support Steve Backshall

    Blue Forest are delighted to be supporting Steve Backshall in the Devizes to Westminster canoe race. The 125m race is probably the toughest thing you can do on two paddles! Steve Backshall and his partner George Barnicoat are taking on this crazy challenge in an effort to protect a section of Colombian rainforest, saving it from logging, […]

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  • Blue Forest Tree House Competition

      The Tree House Competition is Now Open…  Blue Forest’s tree house competition has begun…  The competition is open to kids and ‘big’ kids who have made their own (self-built) tree houses. To enter you simply need to click on the link below, ‘like’ our Facebook page and upload a photo of your fantastic tree […]

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  • Blue Forest Tree Houses at Center Parcs

    Blue Forest in partnership with Jessops Construction have been awarded the contract for the development of three luxurious sustainable tree houses for Center Parcs Sherwood Forest. Each 170m2 tree house has been designed to the highest standards and will achieve an A Grade Energy Performance Certificate. The buildings feature a number of sustainable solutions, including, […]

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  • Blue Forest Win Sussex Company of the Year

      The best of the county’s businesses were celebrated at the 26th Sussex Business Awards on the 10th December. About 500 leading business people gathered at The Grand Hotel in Brighton, with 16 awards presented by Hove comedian Simon Evans. Blue Forest are delighted to have won the prestigious Sussex Company of the Year Award. “Blue […]

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  • Blue Forest’s 5 Favourite Woodland-inspired Cocktails

      Long lazy summer afternoons are perfect for sipping cocktails, reveling in the fresh air and winding down from a busy day. Whether you get to do it from the deck of a treehouse, the bankside of a canal or your own backyard, cocktail hour is also a great opportunity to savour local produce – […]

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  • Builder & Engineer Award 2010 – Timber in Construction

    Director Simon Payne and Project Manager William Hardy attended the 7th annual Builder & Engineer Award dinner. Blue Forest is delighted to have won the award for Timber in Construction 2010. “As co-sponsor of the recent Timber in Construction award, The PEFC (PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT) warmly congratulates Blue Forest on its achievement.  Alan Watkins who heads […]

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  • Center Parcs Tree Houses Now Open…

    We are delighted to have finished work on three fantastic tree houses for Center Parcs. The treehouses, which are exclusive to Center Parcs Sherwood Forest, have been expertly designed to encompass key elements that are core to the Center Parcs experience; accessible luxury, sustainability and most importantly creating memorable moments for the whole family. Blue […]

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  • Cleveleymere Tree House Eco-Lodge

    We are delighted to have completed work on a new lakeside tree house for Cleveleymere, a 5 star boutique holiday destination in Lancashire. The Blue Forest tree house suite is a unique concept in luxury accommodation that makes perfect environmental and business sense. The building has been designed using an innovative modular system. For the […]

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  • Coming Soon… Tree House Photo Competition

    Coming Soon… Blue Forest will shortly be launching a tree house photo competition. The competition will run from 23rd September – 25th October 2013 and is open to kids and ‘big’ kids who have made their own (self-built) tree houses. To be in with a chance of winning simply upload a picture of a tree house you have built […]

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  • Construction of Tongole Wilderness Lodge

    Following a visit by Blue Forest’s eco-tourism consultant Matt Gurney and Blue Forest’s MD Andy Payne the dramatic rope bridge and lodge decks are almost complete… the decks provide stunning views… and if your lucky…

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  • Dan Wilson’s Top Sustainable Building Design Tips…

    Blue Forest’s Senior Designer, Dan Wilson Provides Some Sustainable Building Design Tips. 1. Design the building to limit the users resource consumption (water, heat, power). This can take many forms, including the use of low consumption technology, such as L.E.D light bulbs and reduced capacity flush toilets, etc. In addition energy saving solutions should be […]

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  • Design a Tree House Poster Competition

    Blue Forest are Delighted to Announce the Launch of a Tree House Competition in Conjunction with Sevenoaks School Science Week 2015. Blue Forest are delighted to be running a poster competition in conjunction with Sevenoaks School Science Week 2015 (March 2-6) – Open to all children aged 5-11 yrs within the UK. The aim of the competition is to raise […]

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  • Do Treehouses Damage Trees?

    Today, we’re going to be looking at the impact treehouses can have on trees, as well as the methods by which we can reduce this impact. Put simply, a treehouse will inevitably cause a certain amount of stress to a tree, and attempting to design a treehouse without sufficient understanding of tree anatomy can lead […]

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  • Eco-Friendly Woodland Lodges at Hotel

    Woodland Lodges Win Planning Approval This Blue Forest project will provide 6, 6 bedroom low-energy woodland lodges adjacent to the Hothorpe Hall stately home in Leicestershire. Hothorpe Hall host large scale events and the new scheme will provide 30 additional bedrooms as well as an exclusive wedding and events venue. Each lodge will have individual views to […]

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  • Fair Oak Farm Eco-Lodge Tree House

    Planning Permission has been granted for two eco-lodge tree houses at Fair Oak Farm, East Sussex. The project will enable the re-introduction of farming to the agricultural land at Fair Oak Farm whilst benefitting the local economy, in particular by providing more jobs and much needed support to Mayfield village shops. Each eco-lodge tree house […]

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  • Fairfield Eco Classroom

    All children dream of having their own tree-house, now pupils at Fairfield Infant School can learn in one every day as the school have just had a new outdoor classroom designed and built by Blue Forest to help the youngsters with their schoolwork. The outdoor classroom has been built some way off the ground so […]

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  • Five constellations to look out for during the Perseid Meteor Shower

    Here at Blue Forest HQ we have our fingers crossed for cloudless nights over the coming week, as the Perseid meteors will be making their spectacular annual journey across the skies of the northern hemisphere. Luckily the moon will be waning (becoming a thinner crescent) during the shower, which means that the sky will be […]

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  • Hobbit House Design and Construction

    Blue Forest’s design team have fallen in love with the intricate and beautiful hobbit houses that were built as part of the film set on a family-owned farm near Matamata in the rolling hills of the Waikato region, New Zealand. This farm was chosen as the set for the film trilogy and is now a […]

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  • Hope and Horizon NHS Children’s Woodland Retreat

    Blue Forest have recently completed work on an innovative woodland retreat to help vulnerable children at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury. The Hope and Horizon Woodland Retreat will provide a soothing and uplifting environment which will positively affect the users and form a natural oasis within the stark institutional environment of the hospital buildings. What […]

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  • How It All Began…With Simon Payne

    How did you come up with the idea of building tree-houses? Blue Forest was founded by Andy Payne in 2003. Andy and I (Simon Payne) were born in Kenya where we were fortunate enough to have spent our childhood surrounded by the beauty and adventure of the great outdoors. Following completion of his degree course, […]

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  • How the Quiet Treehouse Will Continue To Spread Calm

    Despite its name, Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice for Sussex, does not have a treehouse. But this is about to change. After the Ideal Home Show we will be reassembling the Quiet Treehouse in its new permanent home: the Woodland Walk at Chestnut Tree House. We couldn’t have thought of a better place. At […]

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  • Inspirational Treehouse Heroes: Takashi Kobayashi

    You may have noticed our ‘tree house heroes’ campaign running on Facebook in which we identify pros and amateurs who share the same passion for building treehouses and working with nature. This is a continuation of that campaign as we doff our hats to a truly inspirational treehouse hero on the other side of the […]

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  • Interior Design In Treehouse Construction: A Few Basic Principles

    With a plethora of design platforms and seemingly inexhaustible number of pinboards dedicated to treehouses, there is no disputing that most of us are fascinated by them. Far from the simple makeshift structures we may have assembled as children, modern treehouses are architectural feats. From sleek organic shapes that appear to be suspended mid-air to […]

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  • International Hotel Awards

    The inaugural UK Hotel Awards 2011 in association with Bloomberg Television have now been judged and Blue Forest (UK) Ltd / Terence O’Rourke Ltd have won two joint awards in the categories of “Best Hotel Architecture” and “Best New Small Hotel Construction & Design”. The awards are for the design of the new Tree House […]

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  • Meet Our Treehouse Architect/Magician

    Working for Blue Forest, architect Philip Ryan is able to combine his passion for magic and love for natural building materials into designing fantastical tree-top escapes. Q: Designing treehouses sounds like an incredible vocation, but it’s probably not something you start out studying for. How did you get into the industry? During my architectural studies […]

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  • Meet the Treehouse Architect

    When budding architects graduate from designing childhood play dens to multi-storey buildings, a lucky few get to return to the dreams they harboured in their youth. Blue Forest’s treehouse architect Marc Storms is one of them.  Q: Designing treehouses sounds like an incredible vocation, but it’s probably not something you start out studying for. How did […]

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  • Meet the Treehouse Architectural Designer

    Treehouse design is not just the pastime of imaginative children. A lucky few get to do it for a living. Meet Matthew Harwood, Architectural Designer at Blue Forest. ​ Q: Designing treehouses sounds like an incredible vocation, but it’s probably not something you start out studying for. How did you get into the industry? Before […]

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  • Meet the Treehouse Interior Designer

    Because we don’t just build treehouses that look great from the outside, Blue Forest has its very own interior designer to ensure every Blue Forest treehouse is a welcoming haven. Meet Flo Holden-Parker, Blue Forest’s Treehouse Interior Designer. Q: Designing treehouses sounds like an incredible vocation, but it’s probably not something you start out studying […]

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  • New Playground at Pensthorpe

    ‘WildRootz’ is a new playground at Pensthorpe Wildlife & Gardens in Norfolk. Blue Forest took part in designing and building two of the main play items. Looking like something out of the Flintstones, Pensthorpe’s WildRootz play area is intentionally rustic and often ‘super-size’, stacked full of play value with tunnels, burrows, dens, bridges, ‘The Fly […]

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  • Prize revealed!

    Here’s what you can win by entering our tree house photo competition: great goodies to become a tree house specialist! Participate now with a picture of the tree house you have built: http://woobox.com/m2ragc

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  • Shhhh! We’ve Unlocked The Secret of the Perfect Luxury Treehouse

    As distinguished builders of bespoke tree houses, a lot of what we do is focussed on creating the ultimate luxury experience for our clients. Our latest tree house project has had us pondering what it is that makes a hideaway quintessentially luxurious… As we enter the final phase of constructing the next generation tree house […]

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  • Six Fundamental Tips For Aspiring Treehouse Builders

    We share a few basic tips for treehouse construction. To have a treehouse is a dream shared by children and grown-ups alike because it evokes freedom, authentic happiness, and allows genuine contract with nature. Simply, it is like abandoning the chaos of everyday life and feeling like a child again. Similar to dreams, treehouses can […]

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  • Steve Backshall Challenge

    Adventurer and TV presenter Steve Backshall and his rowing partner George Barnicoat have completed the Devizes to Westminster race in 23hrs, 17mins – beating Steve Backshall’s previous attempt of 24 hours. Blue Forest are delighted to have sponsored the team who have now raised more than £22,000 for the World Land Trust to save rainforest in Colombia. […]

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  • Summer’s Ending, But It’s Not Too Late To Bond With Trees

    As forecasters accurately predicted, August was replete with disappointing weather. However much to our delight, the Met Office have raised hopes of an Indian Summer with an optimistic three-month outlook. News of this forthcoming weather shift is very welcome in slowing the sobering message that summer is drawing to a close. So there’s still plenty […]

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  • Sussex Company of the Year

    We’re delighted to have been selected as finalists for Sussex Company of the Year. We can’t wait to find out who will win at the Awards Ceremony in December!  

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  • Take A Peek Into The Quiet Treehouse

    The Ideal Home Show is in full swing and the Quiet Treehouse has turned out to be exactly the sort of show stopper we thought it would be. After all, how many other treehouses are there that can filter out the cacophony of noises we’re subjected to on a daily basis and still be completely luxurious […]

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  • Tasty Summer Campfire Treats

      There are many things to love about summer, like the long hours of daylight stretching into the evening; escaping the city to eat al fresco under the stars and roasting marshmallows over an open fire. Inspired by the Nook Treehouse’s firepit we’ve asked around the Blue Forest office for some of the best dishes […]

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  • The Skies The Limit For Tree House Lot at ARK Gala Dinner

    The luxury Blue Forest Tree House was won for a staggering £140,000 in aid of children’s charity ARK (Absolute Return For Kids) at the organisation’s 10th Anniversary Gala dinner at Kensington Palace Gardens on Thursday 9th June 2011. “We are absolutely staggered by the generosity of the all the bidders and can’t wait to work […]

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  • Three Fantastic Sunny Treehouse Locations

    Our Blue Forest team are proud of our reputation for building some of the most inventive, innovative and downright impressive treehouses in the UK. We’ve built magical Hogwarts treehouses and experimented with the latest technology to create the Quiet Treehouse for those looking to find a bit of peace and quiet in their treehouse getaway. […]

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  • Top 10 Woodland Activities You And Your Kids Will Love

    A woodland walk is usually an adventure in itself. But if you have the privilege of spending extended periods amongst the trees or are taking an active bunch of youngsters out, we have rounded up our top ten favourite activities that make being outdoors truly unforgettable. 1. Den Building Building a den is a great […]

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  • Tree House inspired by “Fibonacci Spiral”

    Built in Spain, the tree house provides a natural hideaway within the relative cool of the woodland. This unusual tree house designed and built by Blue Forest was inspired by the geometry of the “Fibonacci Spiral”. This is the perfect place to enjoy a sun downer or entertain friends. Multiple rope bridges meander through the woods […]

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  • Tree Houses In Fiction – 6th September is Read A Book Day

    What do tree houses symbolise for you? Ask almost anyone and they will have a distinct childhood experience – whether they built their own, played in a friends or simply dreamt of having one. And each experience will have its own symbolic value: from that first taste of freedom to developing an appetite for adventure […]

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  • Treehouse Classrooms: An Innovative Approach to Learning

    It may sound like the stuff of children’s novels, but treehouse classrooms are increasingly recognised as facilities that can offer new and engaging learning experiences to school children of all ages. Blue Forest have been approached by schools across the UK to build treehouses to be used not only as extra teaching spaces but as […]

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  • Treehouse Heroes: Jono Williams

    At Blue Forest we love discovering treehouses that push the boundaries of style, design and technological features, so we were excited to hear about Jono Williams, an ambitious New Zealander who recently finished constructing an impressive solar-powered treehouse called theSkysphere. Williams has taken the idea of the “man-cave” to the next level with the ten […]

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  • Treehouse Heroes: Julia ‘Butterfly’ Hill

    At Blue Forest we are committed environmentalists, and of course, given our affinity for trees, we have a special interest in forest preservation. So when we heard the tale of the woman who lived exclusively in a tree for 738 days just to stop it from being cut down, we knew we had to write […]

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  • Treehouse Heroes: Korowai People

    This week’s treehouse inspiration: We look at the Korowai Tribe’s authentic treehouses. If any of you haven’t watched BBC’s Human Planet series then we strongly recommend that you spend the next bank holiday investing some time in this extraordinary series. One of the episodes features a tribe in New Guinea known as the Korowai; a […]

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  • Treehouse Heroes: This Guy

    This week’s Treehouse Hero entry is a bit of a silly one, and requires no explanation. What a guy. This elevating innovator is named Ethan Schlusser and comes from Idaho, USA. Ethan says his reason for constructing such an unorthodox route to his treehouse was simply that he “got tired of climbing a ladder six […]

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  • Treehouses: The Ultimate Escape

    Escapes, retreats, hideaways and dens; treehouses have always been a place of refuge. Literary works like Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree, Wyss’s The Swiss Family Robinson and family favourite Hook have firmly established treehouses in the imaginations of children through the ages. As the film Hook reminds us, that urge to take flight from the […]

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  • Trees In Fiction And The Treehouses They Inspire

    From mythology and religion in the times of norse gods and tapestries, we have had a continued fascination with trees. As they dominated our daily lives we made homes amongst them and treehouses in them. They are the stuff of fiction and wild imaginations and for a lucky few they become tangible play and leisure […]

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  • Using Next-Generation Design For This Generation’s Treehouses

    Whilst the materials and technology we’ll be showcasing with the Quiet Treehouse at the Ideal Home Show have been dubbed “next-generation”, they’re certainly not a thing of the future and are already easily incorporated into the treehouse designs of today. With the bulk of the construction over, we’re just a few days away from unveiling […]

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  • Ways of Getting In and Out of Treehouses

      When treehouses were simple creations that lasted a long summer and could be built in a day, you could climb in and out on a single rope ladder. With a treehouse built to stand the test of time the number of ways to ascend and escape are as broad as the imagination. Here’s a […]

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  • What Exactly Is Sustainable Construction And How Is Blue Forest Doing Its Part?

    ‘Sustainable’, like ‘eco-friendly’, ‘environmentally friendly’ and ‘green’ are terms applied to processes and materials that are manufactured in ways that have a relatively low impact on the environment and pose the lowest possible amount of environmental threat through their transport, use and disposal. Fossil fuels are typically at the opposite end of this spectrum. They […]

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  • Woodland Retreat Wins Award

    Blue Forest’s innovative woodland retreat design has won an award for Best External Environment at the Building Better Healthcare awards 2013. Based in Bury, the state-of-the-art treehouse is the first mental health unit of its kind in the country and introduced young people from Pennine Care’s nearby Hope and Horizon units to relaxation and learning, […]

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  • “Tree House Designer” – Would It Be Your Dream Job?

    Fighter pilot, rockstar and accomplished author. These are all among Britons’ dream jobs, according to a recent article in The Telegraph. It may not have made The Telegraph’s Top 10 but  in our opinion designing treehouses for a living certainly deserves to be in the running for “dream job” status! Blue Forest treehouse designers work with […]

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