Canopy treewalk uses revolutionary new tree protection technology

So you want to build a treehouse? One of the biggest challenges is how to do it without hurting the tree unnecessarily. Until recently, the best way to do this was to use large bolts that anchored deep inside the tree to support large amounts of weight in a few strategically planned points.

The Greenheart canopy walkway at Vancouver’s own University of British Columbia uses a patented new technology that just might majorly revise that thinking. The patented technology avoids the need to drill into trees by using an interplay of ropes that functions in much the same way as a Chinese finger trap, seizing up against the tree in response to weight along the canopy walkways, and releasing once the load has passed.

I haven’t seen this innovation in action yet, but I wonder if something like it could be adopted to smaller scale projects like treehouses. It could inspire a whole new realm of treehouse designs that are no longer limited by trees’ growth, which can slowly absorb anchor bolts over time.

It is very exciting to thing that this invention could spawn a new era of more adaptable, more harmonious treehouse designs that abide by the outdoor living leave-no-trace ideal. Even though there is a patent on Greenheart’s design, there is nothing stopping anyone from using the overall principle. Who knows, this may be just the beginning of a new way of envisioning treehouse living.
(image from inside vancouver)