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How to… climb trees safely

Are you a tree-climber? Follow these tips to make sure you stay safe!

• Choose the right sort of tree, always using a grown-up to help you. The best climbing trees are healthy, with strong trunks and lots of thick branches close to the ground. Don’t climb if you see nests or rotten branches.

• Climb slowly, putting your feet and your hands in places that feel secure. Choose branches which are close to the main trunk. On your way up, always have at least three points of contact with the tree – two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand.

• Don’t climb too high! The best tree climbers know when it’s the right time to stop. Always make sure you can get down safely – it’s best to come down the same way you went up. 

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