Bear Wood Boardwalk

Bristol Zoo Gardens


In August 2019, Gripsure supplied Bear Wood in Bristol with over 17,000 ln/m of GripsurePro Classic deck boards for the immersive boardwalk which puts visitors in the heart of the forest, giving panoramic views of the woodland and the unique species living in them by being elevated above the forest floor.

About Bear Wood

Bear Wood, set in 7.5 acres of ancient woodland, tells the story of British woodlands, taking visitors on a journey starting 10,000 years ago to the present day. The exhibition has re-introduced native species who once roamed our woodlands including European brown bears, European grey wolves, Eurasian lynxes, and wolverines.

Products supplied

Gripsure took a brief from the zoo and developed a specification to achieve:


GripsurePro Classic deck boards were supplied across a number of scheduled deliveries to Elmtree Garden Contractors so that they could keep to their construction programme and limit the amount of storage space required on site.

"The great thing about using Gripsure boards, and Gripsure as a company, was that you can communicate with them and they delivered on time every time" - Director, Elm Tree Garden Contractors.

As well as the large and impressive boardwalk, Gripsure also supplied infographic boards to create time-hop sections, while the imitation of roots around 'Steve the tree' help tells the story of the UK's woodlands and the species and habitats within them.

"It was all here on time, it looks really good and we were really pleased with the service that we got" - Exhibit Development Manager, Wild Place Project.

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