Croods-inspired treehouse unveiled at Idle Valley Nature Reserve

by | 9 August 2021 | Community Focus, Competition, Environment, Exercise, Local Experiences, Retford, Retford Life

Eight-year-old Lottie Brown designed her dream treehouse as part of a competition to celebrate the release of the new epic adventure film in association with Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch.
Young people in Retford, Nottinghamshire, now have a brand-new community treehouse, situated in Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Idle Valley Nature Reserve – all thanks to a schoolgirl from York and new film The Croods 2: A New Age.
Judges crowned Lottie as the overall winner because of her imaginative and inclusive design, which features a hotel for bugs, ‘kindness rocks,’ and interactive games for children to enjoy. The treehouse has now been brought to life in Retford for youngsters all over the region to enjoy for many years to come.
The Croods 2: A New Age has community at its core, telling the story of two families uniting and realising that life is better when people support each other, embrace their differences, and forge a future together. In their first meeting, the Croods are astounded, not only by the fact they are not the only family in existence, but by the incredible treehouse in which the Betterman’s live.
The treehouse is located close to the visitor car park at Idle Valley, and further development work on the play area is planned in the coming months for visiting families to enjoy.
Charles Offord, Managing Director of Co-op Insurance said: “The quality of the designs submitted were simply incredible. Young people across the nation really got creative, and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who entered the competition.
“Lottie’s impressive treehouse is there to be enjoyed by visitors to Idle Valley Nature Reserve and the local community for many years to come. At the Co-op, community lies at the heart of everything we stand for, and it was a pleasure to be involved in this project alongside Neighbourhood Watch, the Wildlife Trust and of course The Croods!”