Thornham Magna treehouse is among the best in the country
One of the UK’s top treehouses can be found in the sleepy north Suffolk village of Thornham Magna.
Belonging to the Hardman family, it has been shortlisted in Centre Parcs’ nationwide search to find the best treehouse.
It was built within four months by dad Ryan, a fencer, with the creative control of his two boys; Charlie, eight, and Teddy, aged four.
Among its features is a trap door entry which can only be accessed by a net as well as narrow windows from which they can either pretend to be secret service spies, or look out for nature.
It was built as the first project when the family moved house, the treehouse was constructed to encourage Charlie and Teddy’s passion for the outdoors and their “fantastic” imaginations.
And the boys already have plans for the next stage of the development, including the addition of a periscope, so theycan spy on approaching parents, and a walkway to a nearby tree so they can scale the treetops.
This treehouse was a particular favourite because it really shows the personality of the Hardman family, as they all built it together
If they are successful in the contest, the family will win a short break in one of Centre Parcs ‘luxury’ treehouses.
Mr Hardman said: “We’re over the moon that we’ve been shortlisted, we loved building the treehouse as a family and after putting so much effort in to the build and learning a completely new skill we’re feeling very proud but to know that it’s been chosen as the UK’s Top Treehouse would mean the world.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed as we’d also love to stay in one of Center Parcs’ luxury Treehouses.”
Steve Backshall, one of television’s best-known wildlife presenters and head judge for the contest, added: “This treehouse was a particular favourite because it really shows the personality of the Hardman family, as they all built it together. It’s going to be tough deciding who will take the title as it’s such a strong shortlist.”