Tree Top Troubadour successfully completes charity concert at 140ft
PUBLISHED: 10:05 13 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:29 20 February 2013
A Surrey tree surgeon recently scaled the tallest tree in our county to perform a five song charity concert at the top.
A Surrey tree surgeon recently scaled the tallest tree inour county to perform a five song charity concert at the top.
Armed with an acoustic guitar, climbing equipment, Union flag to mark the Diamond Jubilee and a support team, Walton-on-Thames resident Ben Trevor successfully completed his challengeabove a small crowd near Dorking.
Apart from a few mistakes in the songs, which I'll put down to altitude, everything went seamlessly and it was all in all a joyous event, says Ben.
His Tree Top Troubadour charity campaign has attracted the attention of actor Brian Blessed and rock star John Parr among others, and raised nearly 1,700 for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity - acharity chosen after his mother was successfully treated for breast cancer there.
We were all so relieved when my mum got the all clear, and obviously very thankful for the amazing care she'd received, says the 32-year-old.
After her recovery, mum did the Marsden March and a few other events to raise money. Seeing what she had achieved inspired me to do something myself to continue our support of this wonderful charity.
Following his performance at the top of a 140ft Douglas Fir just off the A24, the intrepid tree surgeons sights are set on the tallest trees in the UK and the world.
I am already working with top tree expert Iain Duncan towards a second performance atop the 210ft Grand Fir in Scotland before the end of summer 2012, says father of two, Ben.
For his third and final concert, he will travel to the Redwood National Park in California, where Hyperion, thought to be the tallest tree on earth, stands at over 379ft... almost three times the height of the Surrey tree!
- More information about the Tree Top Troubadour campaign can be found at www.facebook.com/treetoptroubadour. Information about the Royal Marsden Hospital and Cancer Charity can be found at www.royalmarsden.org.