|Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree - Sit On It!|
In the Urbane Forager’s list of essential skills for young children, tree climbing comes pretty high. Good climbing ability is very useful if you are picking fruit from tall trees and whilst extendable fruit pickers are very useful tools; having a lithe child lobbing fruit down to you is far more entertaining for everyone involved.
|High Up With a Hatfull of Walnuts|
The sense of achievement gained by scrambling your own way to the top of a tree is difficult to replicate in a playground. Trees are like puzzles, they challenge young minds and allow a level of independence, climbing also encourages personal danger assessment and management.
|The Urbane Forager's Early Tree Climbing Exploits|
Under the Watchful Eye of My Brother John