Bristol Zoo

Bear Wood Boardwalk

In August 2019, Gripsure supplied Bear Wood in Bristol with over 17,000 ln/m of Gripsure's Classic deck boards for the immersive boardwalk which puts visitors in the heart of the forest, giving panoramic views of the woodland and the unique species living in them by being elevated above the forest floor.

Bear Wood, set in 7.5 acres of ancient woodland, tells the story of British woodlands, taking visitors on a journey starting 10,000 years ago to the present day. The exhibition has re-introduced native species who once roamed our woodlands including European brown bears, European grey wolves, Eurasian lynxes, and wolverines.

Gripsure took a brief from the zoo and developed a specification to achieve:

  • longevity in a wet and damp woodland environment by providing boards treated to Sector Scheme 4 treatment classification (30 years)
  • certified FSC timber to ensure materials are from sustainable sources and blend in with the natural woodland
  • a low slip risk for the anticipated high volumes of visitors which was achieved by using three non-slip inserts which have been tried and tested at other attractions
  • pushchair- and wheelchair-friendly surfaces achieved through a smooth profile to avoid discomfort as well as being easy to maintain
  • deck boards cross-cut to the width of the boardwalk to minimise waste and speed up installation

Gripsure's Classic deck boards were supplied across a number of scheduled deliveries to Elmtree Garden Contractors so that they could keep to their construction programme and limit the amount of storage space required on site.

"The great thing about using Gripsure boards, and Gripsure as a company, was that you can communicate with them and they delivered on time every time" - Director, Elm Tree Garden Contractors.

As well as the large and impressive boardwalk, Gripsure also supplied infographic boards to create time-hop sections, while the imitation of roots around 'Steve the Tree' help tells the story of the UK's woodlands and the species and habitats within them.

"It was all here on time, it looks really good and we were really pleased with the service that we got" - Exhibit Development Manager, Wild Place Project.

Gripsure Classic Non-Slip Decking

Decked Visitor Walkways At Bristol Zoo
Raised Decking Boardwalk At Bristol Zoo
Non-Slip Decking With Custom Infills At Bear Wood