Goodleaf is a family run recreational tree climbing (not high ropes!) business owned and operated by Paul and Abi McCathie. It was Paul’ s love of trees and tree climbing that led him to start Goodleaf back in 2005.
Paul grew up climbing trees in Raglan, New Zealand and after a spot of travelling (where he met Abi) he trained as an arborist in New Zealand. After working in Australia, New Zealand and the UK Paul decided that he wanted to spend more time introducing people to the joys of tree climbing and Goodleaf was born.
Goodleaf are the UK’s recreational tree climbing pioneers and as the only dedicated recreational tree climbing provider in the UK. We’re thrilled to see the increase in people’s interest in climbing trees, caring for trees and in the great outdoors over the last 10 years. Read more about Paul’s specialist training and tree climbing experience here.
The Isle of Wight is a fabulous place to live (plus Abi grew up here, playing on the beach at Appley) so it seemed like the obvious location for Goodleaf – and a great place to bring up our own junior tree climber.
We’re a seasonal business, we operate from Easter to the end of October half term each year. In the winter you can often find Paul surfing back home in Raglan or climbing trees in amazing native New Zealand forests.
Goodleaf isn’t just about climbing trees, it’s about a lovely experience and doing something together that you would never normally have the opportunity to do. It’s about relaxing in and understanding more about trees. And it’s about enjoying the great outdoors in a unique way. We welcome climbers aged 8 and over (read more about our age policy here) and of all ages and abilities.
Paul loves tree climbing so much he’s even written a course with Lantra for keen recreational tree climbers.
We’re passionate about providing as many people as possible to get another perspective on life (literally!) from the canopy of a tree and we’d love you to join us.
Paul and Abi